The Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey

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Programs

EDUCATION

Understanding Mental Illness: printed materials  and speakers are available to businesses, schools, civic organizations, and faith-based organizations. Programs are designed to promote mental wellness, increase the public’s awareness & understanding of mental illness, and to provide information on available treatment and resources.

Symposiums, Workshops, Technical Training: Presentations and workshops are available for community groups, educators, mental health consumers, and mental health agency staff. Programs are designed to address the concerns of each audience

New Jersey CIT Center of Excellence: The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative national model of police based crisis intervention with community mental health care and advocacy partnerships. Police officers, mental health professionals and advocates receive intensive training to respond to citizens experiencing a behavioral crisis. The emphasis is on mental health knowledge, crisis resolution skills, and access to community based services.

Being There: A classroom presentation for high school and college students designed to increase their awareness and understanding of mental illness. A young person who has a mental illness and a facilitator describe living and coping with a mental illness.

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

CAREER CENTER

CAMWERCS : The Camden Work Experience, Rehabilitation & Collaborative Services offers teens and young adults livingwith mental illness,the opportunity to explore vocational interests.Counseling, workshops, field trips and part-time employment offer participants work-readiness skills that will serve them throughout their careers.

Works Rite: A supported employment program that provides assistance and support for mental health consumers in preparing for the world of work, as well as in obtaining and sustaining employment.

L.E.A.R.N. (Learning Enhancement and Resource Network)- is a specialized educational support program that is free to individuals who are experiencing a serious mental illness, who are 18 or older, and who reside in Burlington, Camden, or Gloucester counties. LEARN staff provides a continuum of supportive services to students who are enrolled or who are considering enrolling in colleges, universities, and trade/technical schools.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND SOCIAL SUPPORTS

The Wellness & Self Help Center of Camden is a consumer-based resource center located at 415 Federal Street in Camden that offers discussion groups, computer stations, and social and recreational activities.

The Gathering: A weekly support program for chronically mentally ill residents of boarding homes in Camden County. Program offers peer support, community outings, exercise and health classes as well as leadership and self-advocacy training.

The POST Program: (Peer Outreach Support Team) A consumer-based outreach program that brings support as well as social and recreational activities to the boarding homes where mental health consumers reside.

INFORMATION & REFERRAL

Individuals seeking mental health services may call The Association for referrals to community resources @ 856.522.0639.

ADVOCACY

Working in conjunction with the Mental Health America and the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, the MHASWNJ volunteers study issues and work on federal, state, and local levels to ensure the accessibility and quality of mental health treatment.

Family Companions: Trained advocates provide support and information to family members of individuals at the crisis screening centers at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Cherry Hill, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Willingboro, and at Early Intervention Support Services (EISS) in Cherry Hill.