The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, together with NJ TRANSIT, unveiled its public art project Out in the Open. In it Together, at Newark Penn Station on October 16, to bring awareness to the impact that mental illness has on families.

Five large-scale photographic portraits of individuals impacted by mental illness are displayed along Newark Penn Station’s Track One near the East End Doors. 

“Many of us that took these pictures are not mentally ill but it does affect us through our families or other connections.  There’s no shame in having mental illness.  It’s part of being human.  It’s part of having frailties and about having support in terms of people being able to live a qualitative life where they are,” says Pamela Harewood, who is shown in one of the portraits.

Click here to read more about this initiative.

The photos will remain on display until December 16, 2018, and then will be on display at the Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction from January 3, 2019 until March 3, 2019.  NJ TRANSIT will announce additional locations at a later date.