June 2017
MHANJ's 18th Annual Evening of Excellence Explored
Hope and Help for Opiate Addiction and Co-Occurring Mental Illnesses

A message of hope, prevention and recovery was shared with over 250 in attendance at the Mental Health Association in New Jersey's (MHANJ's) 18th Annual Evening of Excellence. Our panel discussion topic,  Facing Opiate Addiction and Co-occurring Mental Illnesses, sparked an insightful discussion between our moderator,  Steve Adubato, PhD, Anchor/Commentator for Thirteen/WNET (PBS) and NJTV (PBS),  and our expert panelists.  The Panelists were selected based on their involvement in the mental health, addiction and recovery communities: Galindo L. King, MHS, LCADC, CCS, Executive Director at Freedom House; Rebecca Light, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager at Saint Clare's Behavioral Health; Rose Ravelo, LCSW, Director of Social Work Services and Case Management for Princeton House Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital; and Kelly Van Wyck, BSN, DNP(c), Doctoral Candidate at Rutgers University.  

The Evening of Excellence also serves as an important fundraiser for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, as the proceeds will help in achieving victory over mental and behavioral health challenges through advocacy, education, programs and support services.  We are grateful to our corporate sponsors: Investors Bank at the Platinum Level; Pfizer and RWJBarnabas Health at the Gold Level; Alkermes, Janssen and ShopRite at the Silver Level; and Beacon Health Options, Behavioral Crossroads, Carrier Clinic, Enlightened Solutions, MWWPR, Mutual of America, Otsuka, Quest Diagnostics, Saint Clare's Behavioral Health, Seabrook House and WellCare at the Bronze Level.

Congratulations are extended to several services that were recognized for their initiatives to support family members coping with their loved one's addiction:  Bergen Regional,  Freedom House,  Hope Sheds Light, MH ANJ's NJ Connect for Recovery,  Parent-to-Parent,  Parent Support Group in Livingston,  Cares, Prevention is Key,  Seabrook House and  Summit Behavioral Health.  

The MHANJ is dedicated to improving the behavioral health (addressing both mental health and substance use issues) in New Jersey by providing advocacy, education training and services. One of our front-line strategies is to assure the availability of free and low-cost support groups to help people cope with real-life issues that they face on a daily basis.  It is in these settings where many people find the kind of help they need to cope with the challenges of mental illness, addiction and anxiety as well social and physical problems. 

There are self-help groups for just about any kind of problem or situation that affects the well-being of an individual. Members include people from all walks of life and cultures and may range in age from preschool to senior citizen. Probably the most common reason that people attend is because groups provide a place to talk with others who truly understand what they are going through because they, too, share similar experiences. Realizing that you are "not alone" can be a great source of comfort. Moreover, people in a support group learn to develop their own solutions, create new ways of coping and find new reasons for hoping by listening to how others have learned to cope. 

Finding Support Groups and Behavioral Health Services in New Jersey
Could you benefit from the assistance and support of someone who has "dealt with" an emotional, physical or social issue? The NJ Self-Help Support Group Clearinghouse is dedicated to helping people find and form all types of self-help groups in order to provide hope, strength and experience to those in need in order to not feel alone.   For more information, please call the number above.
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Are you or is someone you know experiencing a behavioral health problem? NJ MentalHealthCares is New Jersey's behavioral health information and referral service. Our staff of behavioral care specialists use their experience and understanding of the system to connect you to the services you need. For more information, please call the number above. 
MHANJ's Offers a Network of Support Groups 
Led by Professionals and/or Peers - Click the Links for More Information

Topics Include: 
Understanding Addiction from Loved One's Perspective
Guidance for Your Own Healing
Navigating the Treatment System

Topics Include: 
Talking about Mental Illness: 
What do we say?

Peer Supports Group in:

Topics Include: 
Courtney's Wellness Through Art
Eating Disorders Group
Walking Club and Book Club

Topics Include: 
Improving Your Mood
Staying Active
Honesty in Recovery
Topics Include: 
Changing Negative Thinking
Spirituality and Mental Health
Laughter is Sometimes the Best Medicine
This group is open to people who may be experiencing clutter challenges to join our drop in support group.  It offers a safe space to learn and share for individuals who have an emotional attachment to things. 

The MHANJ's Grief Support Group offers strategies and provides partnerships and guidance to help make coping with grief possible.

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