Mental Health in New Jersey — How we can make a difference

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For a week starting Thursday, May 10, New Jersey 101.5 is taking a special look at mental health issues, awareness and services in New Jersey — an effort to identify both the steps we can take together as a community, and individually to seek help.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences mental illness in any given year — but many go undiagnosed or without help. One in 25 experience such a severe illness it substantially interferes with life actives, according to NAMI.

Check back on this page throughout the week for:

Thursday, May 10: Defining the mental health problem in New Jersey
Friday, May 11: What care and services are available in NJ?
Weekend: An afternoon with Pinups for Mental Health Awareness
Monday May 14: The stigma of mental health issues — and how to overcome it
Tuesday, May 16 : What if a loved one refuses help?
Wednesday May 16: They're receiving care — and their lives are better for it

Our series culminates the evening of Wednesday, May 16 with a special live town hall event, on New Jersey 101.5 FM and NJ1015.com. Experts will be in studio (call 800-283-1015) and in a Facebook Live chat, ready to answer your questions about recognizing the signs of mental illness and getting help.

The program begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Find it online here and on the New Jersey 101.5 app.

This series is made possible by Carrier Clinic, an independent, nonprofit behavioral healthcare system located in Belle Mead that specializes in psychiatric and addiction treatment. Carrier Clinic’s system includes an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a detoxification and rehabilitation center, an adolescent residential facility, and a fully-accredited middle and high school for students classified as emotionally disturbed.