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Atlantic Health System Supports Mental Health Month

May 15, 2019

Numerous Events in May Highlight Emotional and Whole Body Wellness

Morristown, NJ – May is Mental Health Month, which means springtime is a great time to pay attention to both your mind and body. Atlantic Health System is raising awareness of Mental Health Month with a calendar full of events, presentations, screenings and workshops at locations across the system. The theme this year is #4Mind4Body.

Atlantic Health System recognizes that mental health is just as important as physical health. Given that the brain plays such a huge role in how our bodies function, it’s important to be aware of conditions that may signal mental health problems as well as learn how to address them.

Below is a sampling of all that is available from Atlantic Health System during Mental Health Month. Find more events >

  • Can you recognize the symptoms of anxiety and depression? Come to the Chilton Medical Center lobby on Monday, May 13 between 10:00am and 2:00pm for screenings and educational materials that help you identify these conditions and learn ways to cope with them. 
  • On Wednesday, May 15 from 8:00am to 7:00pm in the West Wing of Hackettstown Medical Center, you’re invited to pet therapy dogs while participating in interactive games such as Jenga and Jeopardy featuring mental-health questions. 
  • On Wednesday, May 22 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in ARI – Room 577, Morristown Medical Center will be hosting a lecture on “Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Students.
  • Newton Medical Center will be hosting a community event display/expression in the hospital main lobby focusing on “How to Keep Mentally Healthy & Reduce Stigma” on Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 22 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Want to learn more about teen suicide and how to be a trusted adult? Find out more at the Overlook Medical Center auditorium on Thursday, May 23 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. 

Aside from the special offerings during May, Atlantic Health System’s Atlantic Behavioral Health division is available 24/7 for people in need of mental health services. 

“Atlantic Behavioral Health is committed to serving the mental and behavioral health needs of the community and offers a broad array of mental-health services to everyone from young children to veterans and older adults,” said Atlantic Behavioral Health executive director Lori Ann Rizzuto. “Our psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed social workers and clinicians are trained to support people who are experiencing mental distress, understand their conditions, and encourage healthy habits to help them recover and focus on their wellbeing.”

Clinicians work with patients struggling with everything from situational depression to persistent, severe mental illness. They offer help in an inpatient and outpatient capacity--including intensive outpatient programs--to address conditions including substance abuse disorders, PTSD, anxiety, depression or a combination of issues.

A free, 24-hour hotline is available for those seeking confidential support, and Atlantic Health System’s Newton Medical Center is a state-designated Psychiatric Emergency Services and Screening Center offering round-the-clock evaluation and stabilization. In addition, Atlantic Health System offers a specialized sexual assault hotline and response team, as well as a program just for military veterans and their families.

Learn more about Atlantic Behavioral Health >

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 16,800 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers more than 400 sites of care, including six hospitals in New Jersey: Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Newton Medical Center in Newton, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, and Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central New Jersey. This network includes 1,000 physicians and providers comprising one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey - Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners which work to enhance patient care delivery.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs including 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.