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Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc.

The MHANJ is officially in holiday spirit! Our 7th Annual Holiday Cookie Swap and Ugly Sweater Contest went down at our Springfield offices yesterday.
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The annual event, coordinated by Kiyonna Thomas was filled with 27 yummy cookie entries, some pretty UGLY sweaters and homemade ice cream too. This event is one of the highlights of the holiday season here at MHANJ.
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Our conference room setup with decorations, a “photo booth” and a virtual yule log with tunes for extra holiday cheer. We even had a special little visitor to help spread some cheer.
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Thank to to all those who participated and to all of our offices across the state who either drove their cookies or shipped them in for entry. We are already looking forward to next year!
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Congrats to all the winners!
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MHANJ is very proud of the work accomplished by our Ocean County team providing peer support to families dealing with substance use disorders! Read this great article about their work!So proud of our Peer Employment Specialist and Peer Recovery & Family Support Specialist Elizabeth Beaty!! She is advocating and engaging all she can with all MHAOcean Programs! What a great addition to our MHAOcean Team!! Way to go Elizabeth!!

OCEAN COUNTY — Life coach and recovery specialist Elizabeth Beaty of Holgate has partnered with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey to provide free services locally for those in need of support or help related to substance use issues.

“My focus is to help those in our immediate community by offering free one-on-one support and two weekly support groups in Manahawkin,” Beaty explained.

Help is available in four different forms:

• Recovery Peer Outreach Support assists those in Ocean County who face the challenges of substance use through one-to-one, person-centered peer support for individuals 18 years of age and older. Certified peer recovery specialists use their shared lived experience and professional knowledge to assist and inspire hope. The program, funded through the Ocean County Health Department, can provide information and referral, advocate, and assist in developing and obtaining individual goals.

• MHANJ’s Recovery Family Support Services provide support and education for Ocean County families containing member(s) with a substance use disorder. The primary referred contact must be at least 18, but family members of all ages are welcome to participate. “Family” does not always mean strictly blood relatives; the definition of family is determined individually and may include people who can be relied upon in a crisis or otherwise play an important part in daily life. Peers share lived experience and serve as role models for families. RFSS members provide emotional support, information and referrals for treatment and recovery options, links to resources within the county, non-clinical peer case management and self-care strategies.

• The Pathways 2 Success program trains and educates Ocean County residents to succeed in the workplace, with employment coaching that holistically addresses barriers faced by individuals impacted by opioids so they may find gainful, long-term employment. Participants will receive non-clinical vocational case management to assist in their individual employment needs, as well as various options for training certifications.

• Two weekly support groups meet at the Pine Street recreation building in Manahawkin, behind the Bay Avenue Community Center. Monday at 6:30 p.m. is a one-hour “all recovery” meeting, honoring all pathways to recovery, for those struggling with substance use as well as for those who love them. Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is a family and friends recovery education workshop, for those struggling to make sense of how best to support a person with substance use disorder. The workshop introduces a variety of researched, developed, tested tools to turn on motivation and sustain it. Learn how to stay involved in a positive ongoing way while also practicing self-care.

For more information contact Beaty at ebeaty@mhanj.org. —V.F

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