The Mental Health Association in Union County’s Intensive Family Support Services program offers Support Groups for family members who have a loved one who is an adult with mental illness. All of the groups are free of charge and require no advanced registration. For additional information call Joyce Benz, LCSW, or Parantap Pandya, MA, at (908) 810-1001. All of our groups meet on the second floor at our office at 2333 Morris Avenue, Building C, Suite 206, Union, NJ 07083. The groups begin at 7:30pm. The office is accessible by elevator.
Schedule for Next Three Sessions
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Topic: Involving Families in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment at Summit Oaks
Presenter: Anna Arbolino, LSW
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Topic: Coping Group
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Topic: Stretched Not Broken: A Caregiver’s Toolbox For Reducing and Managing Stress
Presenter: Carol Rickard, LCSW
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 family as well as the New Jersey system of care. These sessions provide a safe, non-judgmental environment offering proven, helpful strategies, about addressing addiction and recovery. Participants may also benefit from guidance and group support.
Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the MHANJ in Union County, 2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ. R.S.V.P. is requested. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Pam Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-652-3737. See below for dates and topics.
February – March 2017 Schedule
February 14, 2017 – What is Self-Care?
What is Post Traumatic Growth? This topic will demonstrate how pain can lead to gain, wholeness and the start of the healing process.
February 23, 2017 – Self-Love/Silence Self Criticism
Discover ways to embrace self-love as you take on the needs of others and how to silence your inner critic.
February 28, 2017 – Coping with Hopelessness
Learn ways to find light and hope in the battle of addiction. Gain strategies to get through life’s hard times even when we think we can’t.
March 2, 2017 – Fear and Worry
The Mental Health Association invites those who may be experiencing clutter challenges to join our drop in support group. This is a safe space for individuals who have an emotional attachment to things to learn and share.
Union County: This ongoing support group meets every other Tuesday at 1 p.m. beginning January 10, 2017 (January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7) at 2333 Morris Avenue, Building C, Suite 206-208, Union, NJ at the Mental Health Association in Union County. For more information call 732-226-7443.
Atlantic County: The Atlantic County group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 1pm at 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd. Suite 8-Galloway, NJ. For further information, contact Carolyn Quinn at 609-652-3800, ext. 303
More than Just a Support Group:
2017 Winter/Spring Union County Wellness Program and Support Group Sessions for
Peers and the Community
Are you interested in improving your wellness and your outlook on life? The Peer Outreach Support Team program of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ), in Union County, is pleased to offer a variety of mental health and wellness sessions to help nurture and improve the emotional well-being of our community. Sessions will be led by outside guest instructors and trained staff members.
Peer Outreach Support Teams provide peer-to-peer support based on each peer sharing lived experience with his/her behavioral health and recovery. The following groups will be held during this Fall and Winter. There is no cost to participate; registration is not required. Each session is scheduled for a Tuesday* evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the MHANJ in Union County’s location, 2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ 07083, unless otherwise indicated below. For more information, please call 908-810-1001, ext. 318 for Nell Dixon or ext. 319 for Jeff Demuth.
*Please note that our regular meeting night has changed from Wednesday to Tuesday.
February 7 – CONFLICT RESOLUTION STRATEGIES
February 21 – MEDDLING FAMILY & FRIENDS…HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM?
March 7 – TRAPPED IN MY OWN SHAME
March 21 – THE STRUGGLES OF TRUSTING OTHERS
April 4 – REBUILDING STRAINED RELATIONSHIPS
April 18 – IT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION I EVER HAD TO MAKE
May 2 – MY OUTLOOK ON LIFE WAS…BUT NOW IT IS…
May 16 – MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
May 30 - 10 STRENGTHS I KNOW I HAVE THAT OTHERS DON’T ALWAYS SEE
Location of Groups:
Mental Health Association in New Jersey in Union County
2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ 07083