Alcohol Awareness Month: April 2017
Founded and sponsored by NCADD, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!
An integral part of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend, which takes place on the first weekend of April to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families, businesses and our communities. To read more please go to https://www.ncadd.org/about-ncadd/events-awards/alcohol-awareness-month
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
More adolescents drink alcohol than smoke cigarettes or use marijuana. Within the past month, almost four out of 10 high school seniors report drinking some alcohol and more than one in five have engaged in “binge drinking” daily in the past two weeks. Drinking endangers adolescents in multiple ways including motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for this age group. Nearly one in four adolescents has ridden in a car with a driver who had been drinking. Genetic factors and life stressors influence adolescents’ alcohol abuse, but parents and guardians can help by monitoring adolescents’ activities and keeping channels of communication open. For more information please visit http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/substance-abuse/
New Jersey’s Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
The Council is an active and collaborative participant in the planning and coordination of New Jersey’s addiction prevention, treatment, prevention policy and services, through the development of public awareness campaigns; a Comprehensive State Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Master Plan; and its Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Program, the largest network of community-based anti-drug coalitions in the nation. Please visit gcada.nj.gov for more information as well as the GCADA “Addiction Does Not Discriminate” statewide awareness campaign at KnowAddiction.nj.gov.
Complimentary, Confidential Screenings Available
If you have, believe you may have, or know someone who may be suffering from mental health or substance use concerns; it can be helpful to talk about these issues with others. It can be difficult to reach out for help, but it is often the first step to recovery and wellness – and recovery is possible!
Check yourself. This step takes fewer than 5 minutes and can make a big difference. A great place to start is a mental health check-up. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s NJMentalHealthCares Helpline offers free, anonymous online mental health screenings in cooperation with Mental Health America. Self-assessments are available for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD and bipolar disorder, as well as screens for youth and parents. Click here to take a mental health screening. After you complete a screening, you’ll receive customized feedback and be provided a zip code search to locate local assistance in determining next steps. You may even want to print out the results and review them with your healthcare provider.
Who Cares! We Do! The NJMentalHealthCares Helpline staff is available to assist with mental health screenings. The number to call is 1-866-202-HELP (4357) (TTY 1-877-294-4356). The screening only takes a few minutes and provides confidential results and information on where to find treatment.
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services.