Are you or is someone you know struggling to cope with an ongoing medical or emotional health problem? A self-help support group dedicated to a particular issue may provide the assistance and information that is needed. The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse database has contact information for over 8,600 support group meetings throughout the 21 counties of New Jersey. They cover a broad spectrum of physical and behavioral health challenges, providing valuable emotional, social, and community support through peer assistance and education.
“The Mental Health Association in New Jersey is an established, go-to resource for information and referral for behavioral healthcare services in the state. We consider the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse a great complement and extension to our services and a helpful support in the important big-picture effort to integrate physical and behavioral health education,” stated Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.
For People Seeking Help — The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse staff provides information and referral to its vast network of support groups.
The new website, njgroups.org, features 24/7 access to a searchable database of self-help support groups. It also includes: links and contact forms to easily submit questions, a process to request to have a group listed, topical psychosocial information, tips and advice about running a support group, and a downloadable brochure.
“With the new website we hope to significantly increase and expand the use of self-help, recovery and support services by people impacted by chronic physical illnesses to promote long term recovery. The project offers free training and technical assistance to support the creation of these groups. We seek to partner with other healthcare organizations to create new groups in communities across New Jersey,” said Robert Kley, MHANJ’s Vice President and COO.
For more information about the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearing House, please call 800-367-6274 or email Barbara White, Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.