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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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A Newsletter from NJ MentalHealthCares                                   May 2017 

Connecting the Dots to Improve Mental Health

MHANJ's New Jersey MentalHealthCares staff regularly meet with representatives from services across New Jersey. It's all about building relationships to help callers get the assistance they need.  If you have any questions at about your mental health or if you are concerned about a loved one, dial our toll-free, confidential number, 866-202-HELP(4357). Our trained behavioral  health specialists use their experience and expertise to help callers identify the problem and then determine the best next steps to make a difference. They serve as advocates to help ensure that every caller is linked to the desired service plan. The NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline is funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. 
May is Mental Health Month -- 
The Perfect Time for a 
Confidential, Telephone Mental Health Screening
droid_smartphone.jpg In celebration of May is Mental Health Month, The Mental Health Association in New Jersey's NJ MentalHealthCares Help Line is highlighting it's free, confidential mental health screenings, completed on the phone with a behavioral health specialist. Our staff can discuss with callers how to u se the screening results to start a conversation with a primary care provider or a trusted friend or family member, and begin to plan a course of action for addressing mental health challenges.

Catching mental health conditions early is known as Early Identification a nd Intervention. However, many times people may not realize that their symptoms are being caused by a mental health condition or feel ashamed to pursue help because of the stigma associated with mental illness.  It's up to all of us to know the signs and take action so that mental illnesses can be caught early and treated, and we can live up to our full potential.   

One way to see if you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a screening. For more information or to conduct a phone-in mental health screening call us at 866-202-HELP (4357). You may also visit  for an online screening. 

Click here to download the graphic below for more information about catching mental health issues in their early stages so that they may be addressed as quickly as possible. 

1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (September 4, 2014). The NSDUH Report: Substance Use and Mental Health Estimates from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Overview of Findings. Rockville, MD.  
2. Ronald C. Kessler et al., Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, 62 Arch. Gen. Psychiatry 593, 595 (2005).
Do you know someone who is coping with opiate addiction? The Mental Health Association in New Jersey's NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line provides counseling and support and education groups for families who have concerns about their loved one.  We collaborate with  ReachNJ , Rutgers' Interim Managing Entity addiction treatment initiative and the Children's System of Care, all of which are dedicated to helping those affected by addiction. For more information c all 855-652-3737 or  click here to visit the website.
The MHANJ's Peer Recovery WarmLine is a peer-run service providing ongoing telephone support to mental health consumers as they work towards their recovery. All calls are answered by peers who are trained, supportive mental health consumers.  Click here for more information.
The Healing Powers 
of Nature
Healthcare practitioners employ an array of modalities in the treatment of physical and mental health disorders. Often overlooked is an inexpensive option for the maintenance of good physical and mental health: nature. Click here to read more.  
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