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MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH CELEBRATING 63 YEARS!
"Disasters like Sandy damage more than just property - for many the sense of loss, helplessness and hopelessness is unshakeable," said Jennifer Velez, Esq., Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services. "Restoring survivors' emotional and psychological balance is a fundamental factor in New Jersey's rebuilding process."
SANDY Wellness Connections
Providing Mental Health Services and facilitating Emotional Recovery for Monmouth County residents directly affected by Superstorm Sandy
Connections to Licensed Clinicians who Will Provide FREE Supportive Counseling and Therapy to Individuals and Families affected by Sandy. CALL: 732-542-6422 or EMAIL for more information and appointment: email@example.com
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Free Counseling and Therapy for those Impacted by Superstorm Sandy
BAYSHORE WELLNESS CENTER located at the Saint Mark's Center for Community Renewal, 13 Kennedy Way, Keansburg, NJ
CALL 732-769-5656 or EMAIL for more information and appointment: BSmith@mentalhealthmonmouth.org
NEWSANDY WELLNESS CENTER SOUTH In Manasquan at the First Baptist Church:
47-51 South Street, Manasquan,NJ
FREE Trauma Counseling with Licensed mental Health Professionals.
Hours: Wednesdays, Afternoons and Evening
Call 732-542-6422 for appointment
Signs of distress may include any of the following physical and emotional reactions:
* Sleeping too much or too little
* Stomachaches or headaches
* Anger, feeling edgy or lashing out at others
* Overwhelming sadness
* Worrying a lot of the time; feeling guilty but not sure why
* Feeling like you have to keep busy
* Lack of energy or always feeling tired
* Drinking alcohol, smoking or using tobacco more than usual; using illegal drugs
* Eating too much or too little
* Not connecting with others
* Feeling like you won't ever be happy again
* Rejecting of help.
MHA ANNUAL DINNER
May 8th 2013
Channel Club, Monmouth Beach NJ
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wayne W. Lindstrom, CEO and President of Mental Health America
Annual Dinner Invitation 2013
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
Mental health screening can save lives, says Mental Health America. Mental health has consequences beyond those we've been hearing about in recent media reports on shootings, gun control, military suicides and other public issues. Undiagnosed mental illness affects every part of an individual's overall health as well.
Mental Health America provides the only online test that screens for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and anxiety. The innovative online mood-screening tool is offered in partnership with M3 which created this medically proven checklist for mental health well-being.
Visitors simply need to click on the box in the upper right corner of the Mental Health America home page labeled "How's Your Mood Today" to start the three-minute self-assessment process. The customized assessment provides a score that a person can then share with his or her physician and monitor over time.
"There's never been a better time to talk about mental health," said Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. "Thanks to the results of research and technology, our mental health can be measured much like other vital signs in our body, such as heart rate or blood sugar. We welcome this opportunity to join forces with WhatsMyM3 so more people can become aware of how their mood affects their overall health."
People need to be screened because mental health has a significant impact on physical health, including risk factors for chronic illness such as cancer. Undiagnosed and misdiagnosed mental health issues can take several years off a person's life, sometimes in surprising and unanticipated ways.
Gerald Hurowitz, Chief Medical Officer of M3, shares that "Mental Health America is a leader in bringing important solutions in mental health to people in their community. This effort to coordinate the M3 screen with important care options further shows where Mental Health America helps people connect with solutions to improve their health."
Since May is Mental Health Month, it's the perfect time for people to get screened, get their score - and then share that information privately with their health care provider. Visit Mental Health America to get screened today.
About Mental Health America
Mental Health America, founded in 1909, and is the nation's leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. With our 240 affiliates across the country, we touch the lives of millions - advocating for changes in mental health and wellness policy; educating the public and providing critical information; and delivering urgently needed mental health and wellness programs and services. For more information, visit
About M3 Information
Based on the M3 Checklist validation study published in the Annals of Family Medicine, the M3 score gives people a number to help them and their doctor better understand and manage their overall health. The M3 screen matches the individual abilities of the single disease screens for depression, bipolar, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This ability to look at more than one disease helps reduce missed cases and potentially avoid mistreatment. The clinician version is available atwww.m3clinician.com, which provides mental health management (detection and monitoring) for primary care. M3 is used to improve care in family medicine, behavioral health and hospital settings.
Mental Health America has been working for over 100 years to promote well-being for all Americans. Wellness involves a set of life skills that promote well-being and help to prevent the onset of illness. Our community has been hit by a natural disaster, and you are probably trying to make sense of what happened and deal with the stress of the situation. These events create a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for those directly and indirectly affected. In the days and weeks following the disaster, you may begin to have some of these common reactions:
• Disbelief and shock
• Fear and anxiety about the future
• Disorientation; difficulty making decisions or concentrating
• Apathy and emotional numbing
• Nightmares and reoccurring thoughts about the event
• Irritability and anger
• Sadness and depression
• Feeling powerless
• Changes in eating patterns; loss of appetite or overeating
• Crying for “no apparent reason”
• Headaches, back pains and stomach problems
• Difficulty sleeping or falling asleep
• Increased use of alcohol and drugs
Tips for Coping
It is ‘normal’ to have difficulty managing your feelings after major traumatic events. However, if you don’t deal with the stress, it can be harmful to your mental and physical health. Here are some tips for coping in these difficult times:
• Talk about it. By talking with others about the event, you can relieve stress and realize that others share your feelings.
• Spend time with friends and family. They can help you through this tough time. If your family lives outside the area, stay in touch by phone. If you have any children, encourage them to share their concerns and feelings about the disaster with you.
• Take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest and exercise, and eat properly. If you smoke or drink coffee, try to limit your intake, since nicotine and caffeine can also add to your stress.
• Limit exposure to images of the disaster. Watching or reading news about the event over and over again will only increase your stress.
• Find time for activities you enjoy. Read a book, go for a walk, catch a movie or do something else you find enjoyable. These healthy activities can help you get your mind off the disaster and keep the stress in check.
• Take one thing at a time. For people under stress, an ordinary workload can sometimes seem unbearable. Pick one urgent task and work on it. Once you accomplish that task, choose the next one. “Checking off” tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and make things feel less overwhelming.
• Do something positive. Give blood, prepare “care packages” for people who have lost relatives or their homes or jobs, or volunteer in a rebuilding effort. Helping other people can give you a sense of purpose in a situation that feels ‘out of your control.’
• Avoid drugs and excessive drinking. Drugs and alcohol may temporarily seem to remove stress, but in the long run they generally create additional problems that compound the stress you were already feeling.
• Ask for help when you need it. If your feelings do not go away or are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function in daily life, talk with a trusted relative, friend, doctor or spiritual advisor about getting help. Make an appointment with a mental health professional to discuss how well you are coping with the recent events. You could also join a support group. Don’t try to cope alone. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
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Thank You For Your Support!MHA thanks you for your assistance! Now more than ever to help all people live mentally healthier lives. Understandably, during trying times of crisis, levels of depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress increase.The needs of our residents are now greater than ever and MHA will be here to help for the long term. Your help is needed locally for friends and neighbors so we can be there today and in the days ahead for the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Sandy
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