On 02.01.17 • In Awareness On • by

 “Imagine a world, Where we look out for each other, Where we all pay it forward, Where we measure success in selfless acts, Where kindness is the philosophy of life, This is the world I want to live in!” www.randomactsofkindness.org  Many of us value the effects of kindness. Scientific studies have shown that random acts of kindness are good for you! These acts may improve your life satisfaction by increasing your sense of belonging and self-worth, and they may also improve your health by decreasing your anxiety, depression and blood pressure.
And here’s the best part: these benefits apply to the  …

On 01.24.17 • In Awareness On • by

When feelings of anxiety occur due to a major national, regional, or community event, that can aggravate other anxieties people may be having that are not necessarily related to that event. Past memories of anxiety may also be triggered by such events, adding to current stress. Here are a few tips to help manage anxiety and stress you may be feeling related to the recent U.S. presidential election, inauguration, and transition. These tips can also be applied to anxiety related to other major events. Stick to routines. Even if you don’t feel like going to work or working out like  …

On 01.24.17 • In News • by

Those coping with a Loved One’s Opiate Use Disorder The entire family is affected when addiction is present. People coping with substance use disorders need intervention and services. Loved ones who care for them may be scared or confused and often don’t know where to go for support and guidance. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s (MHANJ’s) NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line is offering free Support and Education Groups that can help. Each group is facilitated by a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or a Family Peer Specialist who is familiar with the effects of addiction on the  …

On 12.14.16 • In Awareness On • by

Rates of opioid use, dependence, and overdose in the United States are reaching epidemic-level proportions. In this action plan, DPA outlines a robust response focused on effective treatment, harm reduction, prevention, and reducing the role of criminalization to optimally address increasing rates of opioid dependence, overdose, and other negative consequences stemming from opioid use. For more information please click on Drug Policy Alliance.  

On 09.02.16 • In Uncategorized • by

Healthcare practitioners employ an array of modalities in the treatment of physical and mental health disorders. Medication management, therapy, exercise and other lifestyle changes are regularly recommended.  Often overlooked is an inexpensive option for the maintenance of good physical and mental health: nature. There is now a significant body of evidence supporting the mental health benefits of outdoor immersion. “Green therapy” known as ecotherapy, has been shown to alleviate symptoms of depression.  In the early 1980’s, the forest agency of Japan encouraged people to walk in the woods for better health. Known as “forest bathing” or shinrin-yoku, the practice was  …