WAYS TO PREVENT YOUR GROUP FROM BECOMING A “PITY PARTY” Have you ever attended a support group where members just sat around swapping horror stories about how terrible their lives had become? Have group participants ever ”dumped” their problem onto the group, only to have additional group members unload even more complaints onto the group instead of offering ideas or solutions? Does there seem to be no good balance of people talking about their problems and others relating their own experiences in having dealt with similar problems or in offering solutions? Have participants ever left your meeting feeling worse than READ MORE
The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is now a service of he Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ). The vision of the MHANJ has always been to provide a community in which people with mental illness can achieve full potential, free from stigma and other barriers to care and recovery. MHANJ strives for better mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training and services. The mission of the Mental Health Association in NJ blends well with the mission of the Clearinghouse. The NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse has always believed that people in the community, especially those who are dealing with adversities, READ MORE
Does your agency, house of worship, service organization, business or group come in contact with persons struggling with emotional or physical challenges and who might benefit from attending a free, self-help support group? Have you heard about support groups but aren’t quite sure what they are or how they work? Has your agency ever thought READ MORE
The NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse will periodically be offering free workshops on starting and running self-help support groups statewide. The workshops on “How to Start an Effective Self-Help Group” will be open to agency staff, clergy, or any community member interested in learning how to start any type of self-help group. The workshop “How to Facilitate Your READ MORE
The entire family is affected when addiction is present. People coping with substance use disorders need intervention and services. Loved ones who care for them may be scared or confused and often don’t know where to go for support and guidance. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s (MHANJ’s) NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line READ MORE
Groups and agencies who make referrals to support groups are encouraged to post this linkable icon on their websites. Simply copy and paste the code (shown on the bottom) on your HTML page to insert the logo and link. Thank you.
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