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DBSA Princeton Suspends Meeting for Teens and Young Adults

DBSA Princeton is suspending our meeting for teens and young adults effective immediately. There will be no meeting on September 2, 2017.

The chapter expects to decide on the future of this meeting during October. Please check back for an update which we expect to post by the end of that month. Please contact us by phone at 609-378-5371 or by email using the form below regarding any questions.

New Age Range for Teen/Young Adult Support Group

At the first teen and young adult support group meeting on May 6, 2017 (the planned initial meeting on April 15 was not held) it was decided to set the age range for this group to 15-25. Meetings are being held on the first and third Saturdays of the  month  in the Education Center at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro from 1 PM to 2:45 PM.

Parental permission is required for participants who are under 18 years old. Please download and review our release form, and bring a copy signed by a parent or guardian to your first meeting. As explained in the release form, a parent or guardian must remain on the premises during the meeting. There is seating in the Education Center lobby, and the hospital cafeteria is nearby.

New Support Group in Princeton for Teens and Young Adults

DBSA Princeton is pleased to announce a new support group for teens who are 16 or older, and young adults up to their early 20s. The first meeting will be Saturday, April 15, 2017 in the Education Center at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Subsequent meetings will be on the first and third Saturdays of the month. The meeting begins at 1:00 PM and will end at 2:45 PM. Teens and young adults living with depression, bipolar disorder, or related conditions are welcome. Please see our web page and our directions page for additional details.

Parental permission is required for participants who are under 18 years old. Please download and review our release form, and bring a copy signed by a parent or guardian to your first meeting. As explained in the release form, a parent or guardian must remain on the premises during the meeting. There is seating in the Education Center lobby, and the hospital cafeteria is nearby.

The meeting is free and no pre-registration is required. For additional information or questions, please contact us at dbsaPrinceton@gmail.com or call Kattrina at 609-378-5371.

 

New Support Group Meeting Saturdays in Hamilton Township, Mercer County Starting March 11

DBSA Princeton is adding a twice monthly Saturday meeting starting March 11, 2017 at the Reach Out/Speak Out Community Wellness Center in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. The support group will meet on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM. Persons living with depression, bipolar disorder, or related conditions, and family members and friends of such individuals, are welcome to attend.

The Reach Out/Speak Out Community Wellness Center is at 2100 E. State Street Extension, at the intersection with Sculptures Way. Parking is available on the street and in a lot to the left of the building. Enter the center through the double-glass doors in the front.

The Reach Out/Speak Out Community Wellness Center contacted DBSA Princeton to offer their facilities for a support group meeting; an offer that was gratefully accepted. The center is part of a network of centers for peers living with mental health conditions run by Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey.

It is hoped that a Saturday daytime meeting will provide an opportunity for peer support for those whose schedule does not permit attending a weekday evening meeting. The meeting is free and no pre-registration is required. For additional information or questions, please contact us at dbsaPrinceton@gmail.com or call Kattrina at 609-378-5371.

FREE WORKSHOP: Access Mental Health/Addiction Treatment and Maximize Your Health Insurance Benefit!

DBSA Princeton in partnership with the Plainsboro Public Library will present a workshop on using health care reform and parity laws to receive the insurance benefits owed to you for treatment for mental health or addiction issues. Carol Rickard, LCSW, a mental healthcare advocate for DBSA, will lead the workshop and address your questions. The workshop, which is free and open to the community, will be on Wednesday, September 14 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the library. Please see the library’s website for directions.

Health care reform has increased access to mental health and addiction treatment services for millions of Americans. But far too many people are not aware of their new rights under mental health parity laws. This workshop will review reforms in insurance plans and provide you with information on how to know, and stand up, for your rights, as well as how to appeal a benefit denial.
In a time when far too many people are dying and there exists an even greater need for access to treatment, only 4% of Americans even know the parity law exists. This historic law was written to eliminate the discrimination against people living with mental health and substance use disorders and ensure people receive the treatment they need. You do not want to miss this workshop being led by Carol Rickard, LSCW, a nationally recognized stress and wellness expert.

THE WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO ALL

Questions? Contact Michael at 609-750-2659 or dbsaPrinceton@gmail.com.

DBSA Princeton offers support groups for persons, including family and friends, living with depression, bipolar disorder, or other related mental health conditions meeting Tuesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM in Classroom 1 of the Education Center at UMCPP. For additional information about DBSA Princeton visit http://dbsaNewJersey.org/princeton.

FREE EVENT: Shifting the Focus from Illness to Wellness on Sunday, October 25 in New York City

ItoW_logoAward-winning author, United Nations Global Expert, and mental and civil rights advocate, Melody Moezzi will keynote the DBSA I to We Tour: New York City event on October 25, 2015. The national organization of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and local community mental health partners have joined forces for this FREE wellness eventwhich celebrates the significant contributions of individuals living with mental health conditions; promotes dialogue and action towards changing public perception from danger and drain to potential and contribution; and connects individuals seeking wellness to support and community resources. Individuals living with mental health conditions and their friends or family, mental health practitioners, members of the press, local government officials, and the public are invited to attend. Don’t miss this extraordinary, FREE wellness event October 25, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, at the at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023. Please enter the building by 111 Amsterdam Avenue between 64-65th Streets. DBSA Princeton and DBSA Passaic County are community partners for the event. Learn more about the DBSA I to We Tour: New York City event at DBSAlliance.org/ItoWeTour

Ask the Doctor with David Nathan October 20; Mindfulness with Nathalie Edmond on December 8

DBSA Princeton will welcome David Nathan, MD and Nathalie Edmond, PsyD to present at our support group meetings on October 20 and December 8, respectively. Our guests will share their knowledge and insights with the group for the first hour of our meetings, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM, to be followed by abbreviated support group meetings which will end at about the usual time, 9:15 PM.

Our Ask the Doctor speaker, Dr. Nathan, is a psychiatrist practicing in Princeton. He has been DBSA Princeton’s professional advisor since our founding in 2004, and has spoken to our group many times. He has also presented at the annual DBSA New Jersey conference. Support group participants have found his sessions to be helpful in improving their understanding of their conditions and treatment.

Dr. Edmond will lead a discussion about Mindfulness. She is a staff psychologist at Princeton University’s counseling center and has a private practice in Pennington. Her presentations about mindfulness at the DBSA New Jersey conference last month, and at the DBSA national conference last week, were well received.

Workshop on April 8: Transforming Illness to Wellness!

DBSA Princeton will kick off a series of occasional educational presentations with Carol Rickard speaking on Transforming Illness to Wellness. Her workshop will be on Wednesday, April 8, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro in Conference Room D of the Education Center. Directions are on our web site at http://dbsanewjersey.org/princeton-directions/. Please also see our flier for this event.

The workshop is for you if you, or someone you know, is dealing with an ongoing mental health condition, or has been recently diagnosed with one. Having the right tools for the job can make the difference between staying sick & getting well.  This FREE workshop will give you a “toolbox” of such tools—including a secret blueprint for wellness that was once only available in a hospital setting. You don’t want to miss this workshop being led by Carol Rickard, LSCW, a nationally recognized stress and wellness expert.

Carol writes a weekly blog for Esperanza Magazine and is the author of many books. Her latest book, LifeTools, will be available at the workshop for $7, and of course the author will be happy to sign your copy! $2.00 from every book sold will be donated to DBSA Princeton.

Transforming Illness to Wellness, from I to We, is the DBSA national organization’s aspiration for this, their 30th anniversary, year. You can learn more about DBSA on their web site, where you can learn about keep up with events for the I to We campaign and tour.

This post is a revision of the original published on January 21, 2015