Posted Friday, September 16th, 2016

September is Recovery Month in Morris County and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

MORRIS-COUNTY-STIGMA-FREENon-profit NewBridge Services will be offering free intensive Mental Health First Aid training classes to county residents at the NewBridge Parsippany Center this month, which the county Freeholder Board has designated as Recovery Month in Morris County for mental health and substance abuse.

The classes, to be held on Sept. 27 and Sept. 29, will offer participants eight-hour training sessions to learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness, such as depression, anxiety disorders, trauma and psychosis, as well as substance abuse.

More than 660,000 people nationwide have taken MHFA training, and the goal is for more than 1 million people to be MHFA responders.

“With one in four American adults affected by some type of mental illness, people need to learn how to help a person in crisis,’’ said NewBridge Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Parker. “We want people to be able to intervene in a mental health crisis, much the way do in a medical crisis by doing CPR.”

NewBridge The Freeholders proclaimed September as “Recovery Month in Morris County,’’ part of a national observance held each September to educate all residents that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable persons dealing with those problems to live healthy and rewarding lives.

Each September, as part of Recovery Month, prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities in Morris County are highlighted, and new efforts are unveiled to help in this effort.

An important aspect of these efforts is promoting recovery and reducing the stigma associated with addiction and mental disorders.

The Freeholders in June declared that Morris County is a “Stigma Free’’ community, and asked all of the county’s 39 towns to join in the countywide effort to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

“National Recovery Month is a time to educate our residents that substance abuse treatment and mental health services can enable those with disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “It celebrates the gains made by those in recovery here Morris County, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.’’

Headquartered in Pequannock, NewBridge offers counseling, housing and education to people suffering mental illness and substance abuse addition.  The nonprofit has 36 sites throughout Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties, including locations in Boonton, Flanders, Montville, Pompton Lakes, Pompton Plains, Sparta, Wayne and West Milford.

It also has seven outpatient treatment locations, five residential treatment facilities, and one drop-in community services center. Adult residential services are provided at 22 locations.

To sign up for training at NewBridge on either Tuesday, Sept. 27 or Thursday, Sept. 29, contact Mary Vineis, NewBridge director of Community Response and Education, at [email protected] or by calling 973-316-9333. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The NewBridge Parsippany Center is located in the Troy Office Centre, 1259 Rt. 46 East, Building 2.