The Mental Health Association celebrates its 75th anniversary as an advocacy voice, “If you want substantial change, there has to be changes at administration and legislation level.” explains Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO of The Mental Health Association of New Jersey.
Research began in the early 1930s by Clifford Brand, a patient himself. Coming out of hospital himself, he knew he could do better.
Mike Leotis speaks from experience with mental health obstacles, his first breakdown in 2011 left him paranoid and fearful of daily life. The Mental Health Association of New Jersey was there as an ally for him, creating peace and a sense of community. On his road to treatment they offered him a position at the office, he now shares his success story with current patients.
The peer recovery program serves about twenty thousand patients, from substance abuse disorders to self esteem. Patients are influenced by past patients that they can get better, as there are other people in the room who have recovered and healed.
One of New Jersey’s largest pharmaceutical corporations, Johnson and Johnson has partnered to create new-age treatments for mental illness patients.
Eradicating the stigma of substance abuse in New Jersey has had major focus, as drug abuse has always been apart of New Jersey’s culture. “Mental health and substance use disorders as part of physical healthcare, education is key and apart of wellness recovery.” Beauchamp adds, this healing environment the association has created continues to change the community everyday.