Catholic Charities worker inspires client’s sister to pursue social work

Meet Emma Daceus, a social work student and intern for one of Catholic Charities’ residences. Emma’s older brother, who is now 30, was once part of the Strong Futures program for young men who are aging out of the child welfare system or who are homeless.

Years later, Emma and her brother still remember the kindness of Kathy Elias, who is the Division Director of Children and Family Services at Catholic Charities.

It just goes to show how caring for someone today can impact so much more than we think!

Godspeed on your studies, Emma. Thank you for stepping up to be somebody else’s hero in the future.

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. 

Bring Hope to a Child’s Life Today

When there is discord at home, it is the children who suffer the most.

Without a professional to help them process their distress, kids can grow up expressing those negative feelings in unhealthy ways.

Our partners help bring hope to a child’s life by donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, which partners with some of New Jersey’s best service providers for child mental health and counseling.

Learn more at holidayfund.org.

How Greater Newark Holiday Fund Help Eradicate Poverty in New Jersey

Today, you can stream thousands of television shows for free or connect with someone across the globe at the touch of a fingertip, yet there are many in your community who still don’t have access to affordable food, housing, or health and wellness in your own neighborhood.

Poverty is an ongoing reality for several Americans. That’s why we’ve partnered with 10 of the best social service agencies that increase access to basic human needs for families in Northern New Jersey.

Learn more: holidayfund.org

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