Taylor’s Story

Helping a friend

Taylor’s #GivingTuesday Story — About the Mental Health Association in New Jersey

Through the Mental Health Association, 35 members of Stockton University’s Active Minds, which is a club that works to reduce stigma among students, learned the tools to respond in a mental health crisis.  Our members were offered a valuable, priceless opportunity to attend training in Mental Health First Aid, a subject that deserves attention.

Recently I applied the skills that I learned in training.  When a friend revealed to me that she felt depressed for several weeks, I asked her directly if she ever considered suicide.  In class, we practiced asking the question out loud, which was uncomfortable, but necessary and helpful.   I am so thankful that the exercise gave me the confidence to say it when a real life situation called for it.

In today’s fast-paced society, it seems too easy to overlook when someone is struggling, but with the course – and the passion stirred by the instructors – I know the signs and symptoms to look for.  The agency offers an invaluable program that will have a lasting impact me and on Stockton’s college campus.  I hope that the course becomes more mainstream and accessible to college students across the nation.  There are too many tragedies on the evening news.

Funding for Superstorm Sandy Recovery
Efforts through Generous Grants from:
American Red Cross Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.

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