May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this week, May 1-7, is also Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Learn about how to support your child’s mental health at ffcmh.org/awarenessweek.
Mental Health Awareness Month (also known as Mental Health Month) is a national initiative in May that supports those with mental illness and was founded in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization, then known as the National Association for Mental Health.
One in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, and everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Millions of Americans face the reality of dealing with mental illness every year.
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Division of the Children’s System of Care has free or low-cost access to behavioral health support for children 24/7/365. For assistance, call 888-222-2228 or access services from a family support organization at 877-652-7624.
This is a necessary time to be aware of mental health issues and ensure that no one feels alone.
The NJ MentalHealthCares HelpLine offers free, confidential telephone counseling, emotional support, information, and assistance in helping to get behavioral health services by you or a loved one. For assistance or more information, call the toll-free, confidential number: 1-866-202-HELP (4357).
Those who may be having suicidal thoughts should call 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (855-654-6735).