NJ Mental Health Community Events

Check out events by NAMI NJ and County Affiliates:

 

 

Recommended events by other mental health organizations:

 

May 2022

May is Mental Health Awareness MonthRead the New Jersey Proclamation

Monday, May 16 – The Eric Levitt GFY Memorial Classic 2022 – celebrating the life and legacy of a dearly departed friend, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at the Mountain Ridge Country Club, 713 Passaic Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006. Learn more and register

Tuesday, May 17 – NAMI Mercer presents: Easing Anxiety Workshop, at 7:30 p.m. online. Join Carol Rickard, LCSW, therapist and stress relief expert, to learn practical steps you can take to ease your anxiety. Register here

May 17, 18, 24, & 25 – Peer-Leader Training: Chronic Disease Self-Management, 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. This program, developed by Stanford University teaches important self-management skills, which help individuals affected by chronic conditions to live healthier lives. Participants must attend all four days. All books and materials will be provided. Download flyer for registration information.

Wednesday, May 18 – CSPNJ Statewide Virtual Job Fair, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CSPNJ is a statewide mental health nonprofit agency that is peer led with over 35 locations throughout NJ. Join to learn about CSPNJ, their work and the many career opportunities they have available. Visit www.cspnj.org/careers. Join here

Thursday, May 19 – Join the White House and the National Institute of Mental Health from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET for the first in a series of virtual conversations to explore the science of psychological distress and mental health challenges and highlight promising areas of current mental health research. The first event in the series is dedicated to the increasingly urgent issue of adolescent mental health. Register here

Thursday, May 19 – The Arc of NJ Criminal Justice Advocacy Program presents their Equal Justice Talks Webinar Series: “What Do I Need to Know About: NAMI’s In Our Own Voice – Working to Change Attitudes, Assumptions, and Ideas About Mental Health Conditions,” from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. This presentation will provide a personal perspective of mental health conditions, as leaders with lived experience talk openly about what it’s like to have a mental health condition. Certificates of Attendance are available for webinar attendees! Register here

Saturday, May 21 – Attitudes in Reverse Annual Miki & Friends Open AIR® Event, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This event is to focus on health – both physical and mental health – and the benefits dogs offer. AIR has started the conversation about mental health and suicide prevention. Join them for their walk this year to continue to raise awareness. Event features music, animals, and vendors. Download flyer

Saturday, May 21NAMIWalks Your Way Mercer County, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the West Lake Park, Robbinsville, NJ. This is the annual walk by our Mercer County affiliate. Mental Health for All — and Always!

Wednesday, May 25 – The National Center on Law & Elder Rights presents a free webcast: Building Capacity and Partnerships to Address Housing Issues for Older Adults, 2 – 3 p.m. ET. This training will provide an introduction to the basics of the housing services network and issues older adults face in housing. Register here

Wednesday, May 25 – Depression and Bipolar Support Allliance (DBSA) Morristown Area Education Lecture Series: “Psychiatric & Gastrointestinal Illness.” The Gut-Microbiome refers to the bacteria that normally colonize our colon. These bacteria significantly affect health and disease, in psychiatry and medicine. Embryologically, our brain develops from our gut! The Gut-Microbiome is an intensive area of research. Though not ready for primetime, insights from research in this area suggest novel strategies for targeting psychiatric illness. This talk will focus specifically on what we know about the Gut-Microbiome and where we are headed. Join meeting here

Thursday, May 26 – NAMI Ask the Expert: History of 911 and Lessons Learned for 988, 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET. This webinar, featuring Transform911 Principal Investigator Dr. S. Rebecca Neusteter, will facilitate a discussion about implementation of 911, 311 and other alternative lines while addressing how to avoid past mistakes when proceeding with 988. Register here

Tuesday, May 31 – NAMI Ask the Expert: Lessons on the Impact of Trauma, 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET. This webinar, moderated by Dr. Christine Crawford, Associate Medical Director at NAMI, will feature insights from experts on how trauma impacts the human experience related to mental health, communication, and relationships. Experts will share ideas on how to create safe spaces for those who have had traumatic experiences and impact from ACEs, as well as communication strategies to foster awareness and sensitivity. Register here

 

June 2022

Wednesday, June 1 – “Engaging Asian Americans in Mental Health Treatment,” MHANJ’s “Engage” session, a new monthly, one-hour Zoom program event, being launched specifically to help set a pathway for behavioral health care for people of color who need it, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. This free, interactive program is especially designed to support administrative and front line staff members of human service providers and community organizations. It will help prepare them to engage in conversations with adults, adolescents and families of color about mental health. Register here

Sunday, June 5 – NJ Annual Pride Celebration/Parade in Asbury Park, from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Learn more

Monday, June 13 – NAMI of Middlesex County & Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) present, June Meet & Greet Picnic, for all current and past NAMI and IFSS individuals and families! Featuring fun activities, pizza, refreshments, and good company. Location: Roosevelt Park, Grove #1AB (covered pavilion), 151 Parsonage Road, Edison NJ 08837. Registration required. For reservations, contact: NAMI Middlesex at (732) 745-0709, email [email protected] View flyer

Tuesday, June 14 – Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents Meet the Scientist Webinar: Does Early Life Inflammation Contribute to the Risk for Developing Psychiatric Conditions? Register here

June 14 – 16 – NAMICon: As one of the largest community gatherings of mental health advocates in the U.S., NAMICon provides an incredible opportunity to bring awareness, resources and solutions to a wider audience of people affected by mental health conditions — both nationally and globally.

Thursday, June 30 – Join NAMI NJ on Thursday, June 30 as the Red Bulls take on the Atlanta United at 8:00 p.m. A portion of every ticket purchased will be donated back to NAMI NJ. Get tickets here!

 

July 2022

Wednesday, July 6 – “Engaging Victims of Crime who are People of Color to Receive Mental Health Support,” MHANJ’s “Engage” session, a new monthly, one-hour Zoom program event, being launched specifically to help set a pathway for behavioral health care for people of color who need it, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. This free, interactive program is especially designed to support administrative and front line staff members of human service providers and community organizations. It will help prepare them to engage in conversations with adults, adolescents and families of color about mental health. Register here

Saturday, July 16 – Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) of Middlesex County, supported by NAMI Middlesex County invites you to a relaxing wellness program, “Wellness Painting in the Park,” at Donaldson Park, Grove #3B, Highland Park, NJ. There will be canvas painting, light refreshments, and delightful company all in a tranquil outdoor setting. Registration required, and space is limited! Please call IFSS at 732-235-6184 to register no later than Tuesday, July 12, 2022. View flyer

 

September 2022

September 9 – 11 – Comfort Zone Camp in partnership with The Brave of Heart Fund serves families of healthcare workers who have lost their lives to COVID-19. All programs are offered at no cost to families. CZC is announcing an upcoming camp for COVID-19 loss this fall at Camp Mason in Hardwick, NJ. Learn more | Download flyer

 

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