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Mental Health Month Focuses on Looking Around and Within to Improve Mental Health

Updated: May 1, 2023
May 1, 2023 NJAMHAA Advocates for Support of All New Jerseyans' Wellness by Strengthening the Behavioral Healthcare System The theme for Mental Health Month 2023 (May) is Take Some Time to Look Around, Look Within to encourage individuals to realize how their surroundings impact t...

Nashville School Shooting Underscores Need for Laws, Expanded Behavioral Healthcare Workforce

Published: Mar 28, 2023
March 28, 2023 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO Barely three months into 2023, the 89th school shooting of the year occurred in Nashville yesterday. Actions must be taken immediately and on an ongoing basis - through strong legislation and expansion of the beh...

Mental Health Care Helps Increasing Number of Adolescents with Depression, Anxiety

Published: Mar 1, 2023
March 1, 2023 COVID-19, associated isolation and other related difficulties are commonly considered to be the most significant factors contributing to the increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among teenagers. While this is a fact, it is also true...

NJAMHAA Applauds Governor’s Proposed Increased Funding for the Behavioral Healthcare Workforce

Published: Feb 28, 2023
February 28, 2023 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA) is elated with Governor Phil Murphy's proposed significant investments in the behavioral healthcare workforce. It is clear that Gov....

NJAMHAA Launches “Diverse Faces: Partners in Care” Campaign

Updated: Jan 19, 2023
January 19, 2023 Greater Investment in the Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Is Needed for the Wellbeing of New Jersey's Diverse Population A March 2022 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that the nationwide number of behavioral health soci...

NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma Hosts Media Roundtable

Updated: Sep 29, 2022
September 26, 2022 Dr. Otto Wahl, Author of Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness, to Deliver Keynote and Anti-Stigma Guidelines at this Event October 3, 2022 After a hiatus of several years, the Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma* was reactivated in January 2022. U...

Behavioral Healthcare Continuum, Workforce Are Critical for to Achieve Recovery, Avoid Suicide Risk

Published: Sep 8, 2022
September 9, 2022 September Is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month Across the nation, drastic shortages of mental healthcare and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment professionals have resulted in only about 28% of the need for these services being met,...

Tragic Deaths and Lasting Trauma Underscore Need for Strong Laws and Increased Access to Services

Published: May 25, 2022
May 25, 2022 Statement from Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is devastated to hear about the horrific loss of 19 students and two teachers, and serious injuries to several more children and ad...

Sharing Personal Stories of Mental Health Struggles Helps Eliminate Stigma

Published: May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022 Open conversations about mental health that have occurred as a result of the pandemic are helping to eliminate stigma, which is the greatest factor that prevents individuals from seeking help. An extremely powerful tool is sharing experiences with mental health challenges...

Provider Shares Heartwarming Example of the Value of Behavioral Health Services

Updated: May 4, 2022
May 4, 2022 "The power of hope: That's where we come in as providers. That one interaction, that one engagement can really change the trajectory for an individual in need. You're really looking at a multigenerational solution because we have the opportunity to engage not just the mom,...

Behavioral Healthcare Services Save and Enhance Lives

Published: Apr 28, 2022
April 28, 2022 "[At Carrier Clinic,] I underwent such a major transformation…They really helped me through that darkest phase…It does me a world of good to know that I'm helping others, even if it's in just one small way." -- Shauna Moses, Vice President, Public Affairs and Member...

National Minority Health Month Is an Especially Meaningful Time to Hear Tamika W's Inspiring Story

Published: Apr 13, 2022
April 13, 2022 "When it came to therapy and my behavior, they [Youth Consultation Service] gave me guidance on how to live with my mental health disorders. The whole agency kept me on track." - Tamika Walton, Employee, Youth Consultation Service Please click here to watch a video ...
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