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History of the Great American Smokeout Event What is the Great American Smokeout? Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. They may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit. In many towns and communities, local volunteers use this event to publicize the need to  …

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What is Mental Health Wellness Week? A national public campaign on mental health wellness. Mental Health Wellness week raises public awareness about mental health wellness and the benefits to both the mind and body. Mental health is how individuals think, act and cope with life and the stressors and challenges that are part of the human experience. The state of one’s mental health can influence the ways in which they look at themselves, their life and others around them. It also strongly influences an individual’s potential for achieving their goals and is an important tool in obtaining and maintaining a  …

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day can change your life. It’s the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. This year’s gatherings will include a screening of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s powerful new documentary, The Journey. Additional programming is specific to each event. The programming may include presentations by loss survivors and mental health professionals, as well as small group discussions that bring together people who have experienced similar losses. For many loss survivors, attending  …

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Mental Health America Mourns Victims of Marysville School Shooting Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO “Mental Health America joins America in mourning the loss of those killed in the tragic shooting in Marysville, Washington. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and hope for the full recovery of those who were injured and everyone who is affected by this horrific event. “At this point, we do not know the motivation behind this tragic and senseless act. But we do know that events like this will impact families, the community and the nation. “For years policymakers  …

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Peer Recovery WarmLine (PRW) )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. PRW is live Monday to Friday, 8 am to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 5 pm to 10 pm, and holidays, 3 pm to 10 pm. At the Peer Recovery WarmLine we try to get to know you as a person and how you view your world. PRW uses the Intentional Peer Support model, which stresses mutual support of each other’s recovery and talking about your  …

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September 15, 2014….The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) is advocating for improving access to psychiatric care for New Jersey residents. The areas earmarked for improvement were identified through a recent research study conducted by the MHANJ. The MHANJ studied psychiatrist networks in health plan Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) in New Jersey. 702 psychiatrists were identified in networks. Network Adequacy Report Press Release September 15, 2014 Network Adequacy Report In-Network Exceptions for Insured Health Benefits Plans in New Jersey MHANJ Managed Care Network Adequacy Report Charts: Accuracy of Published Network Lists Chart.jpeg Acceptance of New Patients Chart.jpeg Wait Times  …

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The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline is now serving as a gateway to clinical outpatient mental health and addiction services as well as inpatient substance use disorder services for survivors of Superstorm Sandy. Anyone interested is encouraged to call the toll-free number, 1-866-202-HELP (4357) (TTY 1-877-294-4356), for more information and assistance. This service is made possible through Social Services Block Grant funding from the New Jersey Department of Human Services. “We are assisting individuals who are having emotional distress by providing supportive counseling, crisis assessment and intervention, and when needed connecting callers to appropriate resources.  …

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