NJAMHAA's Advocacy Helps Strengthen Mental Health and SUD Treatment Systems Especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic
May Is Mental Health Month
April 30, 2021
While it has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the demand for mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services has not waned. Individuals are still coping with the effects of living through a pandemic, which can include fear of or becoming ill with COVID-19, job loss, isolation, housing and food insecurity and can contribute to anxiety, depression, substance use disorders (SUDs) and suicidality. As a result, many people who had never had a mental illness previously are now reporting and experiencing symptoms. Behavioral health providers have been on the frontline providing critical services throughout the pandemic and have overcome many obstacles, including personal protective equipment shortages.
"Mental health and SUD treatment providers have risen to the call to aid individuals experiencing mental illness and substance use. With funding for behavioral health coming at an unprecedented rate, it is important that traditional services are sustained so providers can continue to meet the ever increasing demand," said Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA).
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If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, there are many ways to reach out for help. The national suicide hotline is 800-273-8255. There are crisis services throughout New Jersey such as Screening Centers and Early Intervention Support Services Programs that you can contact directly. Here is the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services listing of services by county and by type. For referrals to children’s and youths’ crisis services, call PerformCare at 877-652-7624.
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Race and Behavioral Health Resources
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