The Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey (MHASWNJ) is the local chapter of the New Jersey Division of Mental Health America. Founded in 1956, this chapter originated in Camden County, but expanded to include Burlington and Gloucester Counties in 1986. As of August 1, 2017, MHASWNJ and Philadelphia-based Mental Health Partnerships, which serves southeastern Pennsylvania and the state of Delaware, have come together to better serve our communities. MHASWNJ works to create a community where individuals with mental illness can live and participate to their fullest potential. We pursue our mission through advocacy, education and training, and supportive services.
MHASWNJ works to raise public awareness and to reduce the stigma regarding mental health and mental illness. We are working to educate the public on the treatment and support programs that are available within their immediate community. We offer presentations for high school and college classes designed to increase students’ awareness and understanding of mental illness. In addition, we provide in-service training opportunities for staff of community mental health centers, hospitals, and educators. Our Crisis Intervention Team Center of Excellence provides law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, and advocates with intensive training to recognize and respond behavioral crises.