Mental Health Awareness Month in the Capital City
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and today and every day, maintaining a healthy mind is essential. With all the chaos and stress of day-to-day life, it is integral that you take the time to take inventory and ensure your mental health is in the best place it can be. In addition, if you or someone you love needs support, countless resources are available in the Capital City to help get you back on your feet and thrive. Read on to learn more about the general help in Trenton so that this May and every day, you can prioritize your mental health for yourself and the ones you love.
Whether you’re in Trenton or all over the state, all New Jerseyans are welcome to utilize New Jersey’s NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline. This hotline empowers New Jersey residents to contact a trained mental health professional to get individuals connected to the services and support they need. Services are available seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm; once in contact, the hotline will connect you with a behavioral science professional to conduct a completely anonymous mental health screening. Once the screening has been completed, you will be provided with customized feedback and a zip code-specific list of referrals so that you and your healthcare provider can connect with appropriate mental health services. If you are ever in need and would like to speak to someone immediately, please call 1-866-202-HELP to access the care you need.
Another huge factor in improving mental health is access to a network of support systems, much like the one available at the Trenton Public Library’s Community Coffee-Table Conversations. This once-per-month event, hosted by the Trenton Public Library in collaboration with the Trenton Community Street Teams, allows members of the Trenton community to come together and have essential conversations regarding mental health. Corey Ingram, MBA, MS, LCABC, will facilitate these conversations. All residents ages 18 and older are welcome to come to the table for an evening of discussion. Refreshments will be provided at each of the monthly meet-ups. The Trenton Community Street Teams play an integral role in violence prevention in the city and continuously strive to disrupt the cycle of violence in our communities. If you’d like to read more about the upcoming community conversations, please visit the Trenton Public Library’s calendar here: Calendar – TPL.
Finally, suppose you need traditional mental health services like a therapist, psychiatrist, etc. In that case, the Henry J. Austin Health Center has several mental health professionals to help get you in tip-top shape. Their trauma-informed approach and holistic whole-person methodologies help patients tackle any issues they’re facing and walk away a happier, healthier version of themselves. With cultural sensitivity and a commitment to their patients, HJAHC plays a significant role in Trentonians’ mental and physical health. If you are interested in connecting with a specialist, please get in touch with HJAHC for additional details here: Home – HJAHC.
No matter what you’re going through, you can rest assured knowing that a helping hand is always here to lift you in the Capital City. These and plenty of other resources are here to help you achieve a brighter tomorrow, so this Mental Health Awareness Month, take some time to be kind to your mind.
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