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Cynthia Chazen
Class of 2013
BL Tell us what you do for a living.

I am a writer, however I am currently seeking a career in the Mental Health Field. I also have a mental health feed on twitter (@cynchazen), with about 7,000 followers. Please check it out its a great resource for mental health education. Both the NJ Senate and the woman who voices Siri are following ! Lastly, I have an event that I am currently working on, Interfaith Round table for Mental Health which will be held on October 5th. For more information, please click here

BL Tell us what you do for fun.

For fun, I enjoy shopping for antiques,or visiting local downtown areas. My favorite downtown area to visit is Piermont.
BL What is your favorite Bergen LEADS memory?


I loved an exercise we did in changing people's minds as a leader.It made me realize the power people have to make a difference.It also made me realize how often people can change their mind.

BL How has your experience in Bergen LEADS impacted your life, personally and/or professionally?


Bergen LEADS gave me the confidence to put myself out there as a thought leader in the field of mental health. LEADers are few and far between. In order to succeed you need to risk being vulnerable. You can not care about the presumptions that others are going to make. Everyone thinks that mental health advocates are mentally ill too, so I have to accept that prejudice and stigma. The bottom line is I have big dreams for better mental health resources for Bergen County and I am going to make it happen. I am going to build us something better.

That dream was born at Bergen LEADS!
BL If you were talking to someone who was thinking about applying to Bergen LEADS, what would you tell him/her?


If I was talking to someone who was interested in applying for Bergen LEADS, I would tell them to believe in themselves and give it a try.


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