Mental Health Association Expands Community Outreach Services

Abuse survivor. (File photo)
Abuse survivor. (File photo)

OCEAN COUNTY – The Mental Health Association in New Jersey – Ocean County has expanded community outreach with multiple new wellness initiatives, group meetings and discussion groups related to both mental health and recovery.   

  The agency is providing support with a special focus on the pandemic. Interested participants can connect to a virtual group meeting using a cell phone or computer; video is optional, not required. 

  Groups are offered weekdays and weekends at various times of the day. The agency provides links and phone numbers associated with groups on their social media platforms or by phoning their Toms River office. 

  There is no cost to participate; the agency is funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Ocean County Health Department and Ocean County Human Services.  

    Some meetings are focused on wellness topics such as Staying Active in Isolation, Meditation, Relaxation Tips and Techniques, Music, Coping with Chaos and others. Many groups are provided to those living with mental illness and recovery and those with a dual diagnosis of both mental health and substance use disorder.   

  The agency also offers meetings for specific sub-groups such as moms, teachers and those experiencing grief and loss.  

  Days and times of all the virtual meetings can be found on Facebook, Mental Health Association in New Jersey – Ocean County or call 732-244-0940.