Family Service League provides counseling to sexual abuse victims

Advocacy and education are key to preventing sexual violence, which is an issue that silently affects countless Americans each day.

The Family Service League specializes in counseling, and they provide the first 4 sessions for free to victims.

A gift to the Holiday Fund will sustain programs like these and others like it in the Greater Newark area.⠀

What Happens When You Give?

Have you gone to camp as a child? If so, you’ll know how much camps can make a difference for a young person. 

One only has to hear the laughter of children swimming in a lake, hear them whisper to one another around the campfire that they don’t want to sing one more round of “Boom Chika Boom,” see them eagerly line up for my famous sloppy Joe or share in an anger management life skills group about how good it feels to know that they can be angry and to figure out the right way to act to believe that residential camping, day camp, or home stays are a crucial and important part in the improvement of a child’s quality of life.

says Sharon Baldwin-Montgomery, founder and executive director of Camp Winonah

Send more inner city kids in New Jersey to camp by giving generously to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, which supports the Fresh Air Fund.

Urban League’s Mature Workers Program Helps Unemployment Issues

Sussex County has a high unemployment rate of 13.4%. When the pandemic hit last year, it rose to 17%. Among the unemployed are senior workers who face additional barriers to getting hired.

With the Urban League’s help, they enhance their skills and rebuild their job history through community service positions. And 90% of the program participants have kept their jobs beyond their placement period!

This is what happens when you give to the Holiday Fund

Your donation can make 10x the impact for families and communities in the greater Newark area. One gift is distributed among 10 reputable social service agencies who provide counseling, feeding and educational programs for the most vulnerable in their communities.

Would you give generously to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund?

Here’s How You Can Join the Battle Against Child Poverty

That’s roughly 1 in 10 children who don’t have enough nutritionally adequate foods for an active, healthy life.

Solving the issue of food insecurity in our communities starts by lending a helping hand. That’s why we’ve partnered with 10 agencies across Northern New Jersey who help feed the hungry through food pantry programs.

Visit holidayfund.org to learn how you can help meet the needs of hungry families in New Jersey today.

Mental Health Association in New Jersey

What does this bell mean to those who live with mental illness?

First, it is a reminder of how far the community has come advocating for the 42 million Americans who live with mental illness. Also, it’s a profound symbol of hope. 

The Mental Health Bell

During the early days of mental health therapy, people with mental illnesses were frequently imprisoned in asylums with iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. This harsh practice was eventually put to an end as a result of improved understanding and therapies.

Mental Health America sent out a request for discarded chains and shackles to asylums around the country in the early 1950s. On April 13, 1956, at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, MD, Mental Health America melted down these inhumane bindings and recast them into a sign of hope: the Mental Health Bell.

The 300-pound Bell, which is now the symbol of Mental Health America and its affiliates, serves as a striking reminder that people with mental illnesses are still bound by invisible shackles of misunderstanding and discrimination. The Mental Health Bell is ringing today, signaling hope for better mental health and victory over mental diseases.

National mental health leaders and other notable individuals have rung the Bell over the years to signal continuous success in the fight against mental diseases.

Mission of MHANJ 

Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) strives for children and adults to achieve victory over mental health and substance use disorders through advocacy, education, training, and services. The organization serves as a hub for mental health services of all varieties. 

Specifically, MHANJ:

  • Promotes good mental health
  • Reduces barriers that prevent people from seeking or offering help
  • Builds a stronger base of support and network of services for people with mental health challenges

For many, this begins with MHANJ’s accessible, online screening found on their website.

History of MHANJ

MHANJ has a rich history of improving the lives of people with mental health and substance use disorders. This statewide non-profit organization, which recently celebrated 75 years of service, breaks down stigma and other barriers that prevent people from seeking treatment. It builds a strong base of support and network of services for people coping with behavioral health issues and their family members.

A consistent leader in advocacy and policy, they protect the rights of individuals and their family members, from all walks of life, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Building the Community   

MHANJ’s has developed an active community of advocacy and resources within their social media channels. The organization offers multiple virtual gatherings every week, which attract a wide range of audiences. For example:

  • Women of Color Discussion Group focuses on issues, coping strategies, & resources specifically relevant to Women of Color. 
  • Coping with Culture is an open group devoted to discussing the complexities of multicultural society–they focus on emotional wellbeing, mental health challenges, and other intersections of identity such as sexuality, gender, and more.
  • Parenting discussion and support group connects parents with resources to navigate the current health crisis.
  • Let’s dance! is a virtual dance party aimed at releasing emotions and feelings that impact physical wellbeing.
  • Thankful Tuesdays are hosted by Deacon Laverne S. Williams and highlights relevant topics and insightful guest speakers.

MHANJ Initiatives

The organization oversees numerous initiatives, including — but not limited to — the ones listed here:

Additionally, for the opioid crisis, the organization offers a secure hotline that connects addicts with licensed counselors. 

Learn more about MHANJ’s advocacy, education, training, and services on the Mental Health Association in New Jersey website. 

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