Are you looking for an exciting presentation, volunteer opportunity, or information about mental health? Our Community Education programs offer the following:
MEASURING OUR IMPACT
Although mental illness is prevalent in our community, many people do not know much about it. Often what they do know is inaccurate and hurtful to the 1 in 4 individuals diagnosed with a mental illness. The Mental Health Association of Morris County through education and awareness activities aims to dispel the myths about mental illness and promote mental wellness in our community.
In 2012 our Community Education included:
Mental Health Players: In their pursuit of reducing the stigma of mental illness and raising awareness of the needs of people with mental illness, the Mental Health Players volunteer program uses improvisational theatre to educate the community on mental health issues and mental illness. In 2012 Mental Health Players participated in 20 theatrical performances. A total of 750 audience members took part in a Mental Health Players performance. 84% of these audience members surveyed learned something new about mental illness or know where to go for help as a result of the program.
Family Newsletters: We believe in empowering family members of people with mental illness to be active in the recovery of their loved ones. Our newsletters, Concerned Families for the Mentally Ill (CFMI) and Parents Involved Network (PIN), were sent to 800 individuals. Each newsletter provided at least 14 local support groups that were detailed together in the newsletters to the public, including at least 1 educational lecture series. Also, at least one scholarly article focusing on understanding mental illness was detailed in each newsletter. In addition, three board members in 2012 were family members of people that suffered from severe and persistent mental illness.
Information and Referral Services: MHAMC operates an Information and Referral Service which utilizes a data base of private practitioners in the Morris County area. This includes an inventory of their areas of expertise. In 2012 we provided community resources and referrals to 496 individuals in need. 100% of callers received information or resources on issues in which they requested assistance.