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A Quarterly Newsletter from NJ MentalHealthCares                         Fall 2015

The NJMentalHealthCares Helpline helps individuals, families and communities identify, understand and effectively navigate programs that comprise the behavioral health and human services delivery systems. Built upon the philosophy of an individual's capacity for self-reliance and self-determination through advocacy, affirmation, education, NJMentalHealthCares has exemplified a commitment to service, community and integrity.
NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline 
Marks 10th Anniversary
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) is honored to have recently celebrated a decade of service of the NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline, which was initiated through Acting Governor Richard James Cody's Mental Health Task Force recommendations in 2005. Since it was established as a statewide behavioral health counseling, information and referral helpine in October of that year, the service has assisted over 180,000 callers! Caller satisfaction scores consistently rate 96% satisfaction or greater.
"The counseling and referral phone service that was provided since inception of NJ MentalHealthCares is as valuable as ever but we are proud of how the program has grown and evolved. It currently works with a database of over 4000 referral resources, offers a vibrant website, and phone-in and online behavioral health screenings," said Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO of the MHANJ. Click here to read more.
 Spotlight on Experiential Therapies
Developed in the 1970s, experiential therapy is a category of therapy focused on an approach that encourages clients to identify and address issues through activities such as role playing, guided imagery, the use of props and a range of other active experiences. Some examples of experiential therapy include recreation therapy, equine assisted therapy, expressive arts therapy, music therapy, wilderness therapy, adventure therapy, psychodrama and more recently, surf therapy. Click here to read more.
What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

According to EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse, professional working with clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term or "brief" approach. Click here to read more.

The Impact of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy on Self Efficacy
A recent study examined the impact of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) on the self-efficacy of 13 adult female victims of interpersonal violence (IV). For eight weeks, the experimental group added weekly two hour EAP sessions to existing treatments. The comparison group received regular group therapy. Both groups received the same curriculum. The difference between groups was the addition of EAP to the treatment already in progress. Click here to read more.
  NJMHC Phone
Call Center Statistics
May through
October 2015

Total Calls: 4800 

Most Requested:
Behavioral Health 
Services: 96%
NJ MentalHealthCares Offers Screenings to Help Keep Track of
Behavioral Health
this Holiday Season
The MHANJ's NJ MentalHealthCares Helpline offers free, anonymous online mental health screenings in cooperation with Mental Health America. Self-assessments are available for depression, anxiety, substance abuse issues, PTSD and bipolar disorder, as well as screenings for youth and parents. New Jerseyans may click here to access the link for mental health screenings or call 866-202-HELP (4357). After completing a screening, participants will 
receive customized feedback. Those taking online screenings will be provided a zip code search to locate local assistance in determining next steps. 

The NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line was established to support two distinct groups across the state of New Jersey: those concerned with their own opiate use; and, those who are experiencing distress related to the opiate use of a friend or family member.
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