AACT-NOW (African American)

AACT-NOW (African American Community Together NOW) is an exciting initiative of NAMI New Jersey to connect with NJ’s African-American families affected by mental illness, the faith community and mental health professionals to provide culturally competent education, support and advocacy. AACT-NOW goals are to dispel the misconceptions surrounding mental illness and to create an anti-stigma environment for those seeking treatment.

Program Contact: Melanece Walker, MSW, LSW, Statewide Program Coordinator

(732) 940-0991 ext. 117 or e-mail [email protected]

AACT-NOW Facebook Page

AACT-NOW Instagram


AACT-NOW Conference: Embracing Black Wellness

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Plainfield Performing Arts Center, 724 Park Ave, Plainfield, NJ
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Join us for a day of exploration, healing, and support tailored for men, women, young adults, and families. Discover the essential tools to overcome obstacles and thrive as your best self. Lunch will be served at the event, providing an opportunity for networking and further discussion.


Mental Health Matters- AACT-NOW Fundraiser

Support mental health and mental illness in the African American Community.

Mental Health in the African American America Community is important. Through this campaign we will be able to support African Americans in New Jersey to get the support, education and advocacy for their mental health needs. AACT-NOW goals are to dispel the misconceptions surrounding mental illness and to create an anti-stigma environment for those seeking treatment. Profits will support AACT-NOW’s mental health programs for the African American Community. Please click here to see  Apparel styles or scan QR code.


Four Major Goals of AACT-NOW:

• Increase awareness among African-Americans in NJ that mental illness can be treated, and that anyone can be affected by mental illness – there are no barriers based on class, education or background.

• Help African American individuals and families affected by mental illness set up local self-help groups where they learn coping skills through sharing with people with similar experience.

• Provide referral service for African-American mental health providers to African-American families and individuals.

• Help mental health professionals in NJ to be aware of and sensitive to African American culture on mental health issues and understand the unique struggles that African American individuals and families face when seeking services.


AACT-NOW Online Support Group

NAMI Family Support Group

3rd Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Questions Contact: Donna or Melanece
[email protected] or [email protected]



Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities for people interested in giving back to the community through service. Contact [email protected] for more information.


Research Opportunity

Rutgers: Research Participants Needed for Study on Trauma and Stressful Events

Rutgers is looking for individuals to participate in a research study who are 18-35 years old and have experienced trauma or stressful events. Participants will be asked to complete a 20-minute survey. To see if you are eligible, fill out the survey: https://redcap.link/exploringtrauma2023. All participants will have a chance to win 1 out of 50 gift cards valued at $20. For questions, please contact: [email protected]

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Updated: November 2023