Mental Health Association of Essex & Morris, Inc. (NJ)

Inside Out Project Group Action:

Out in the Open. In it Together​


Exhibit contact information:

Renee Folzenlogen,

Display period: 2018–current (multiple locations)


Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

An affiliate of Mental Health America, MHAEM has orchestrated a flurry of activity in the use of mental health exhibitions in Northern New Jersey that may be unparalleled nationally for its versatility. Eye-catching oversized photographs of individuals whose lives have been impacted by mental illness are popping up in high traffic locations, such as Newark Penn Station. Passersby are intercepted amidst their daily routine and challenged to recognize the prevalence of mental illness, and the reality that “we’re in this together.” An art exhibition (My Mother’s Keeper) has been displayed in gallery spaces. All of this activity is enabled by MHAEM’s creative capabilities and its ability to collaborate with partners as diverse as the internationally-known French street-artist JR, and New Jersey Transit.



Out in the Open. In it Together (@ Newark Penn Station)

Image used with permission from Mental Health Association of Essex & Morris, Inc.

The National Museum of Mental Health Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and “museum without walls” that researches and creates exhibitions that can transform society’s attitudes about, and understanding of, mental health. Through the development of online exhibits, NMMHP does what museums do best – educate, interpret, advance dialogue, and develop literacy on the topic of mental health. 


The Project seeks to:

  • Develop and display exhibitions by facilitating collaboration among artists, curators, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share talents and knowledge.

  • Share research related to exhibits about mental health and wellness.

  • Build alliances with community, local, and national not-for-profit, for-profit, governmental, and educational entities who are similarly interested in creating positive mental health outcomes.

  • Develop a national museum of mental health.

The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption University.