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November 12, 2018  

Kids and anxiety: What's normal and when to seek help

Plenty of situations make kids feel nervous and uncomfortable. But how do parents know when a child is suffering from anxiety that requires professional attention? Here’s how to tell the difference and get your child the care he needs.

October 1, 2018  

What Parents Can Teach Kids During the School Year

As we help our sons and daughters get ready to return to school, let’s reflect on our own readiness to promote our kids’ best emotional development during the school year. 

October 1, 2018  

Toms River Teen Using Art To Help Heal Mental Health & Addiction

TOMS RIVER – A Toms River Girl Scout is attacking issues with mental health and addiction from a new angle: art. Alessandra Sophia Regenye is working to create a mural that will destigmatize mental health and addiction while also drawing attention to the ways art can help heal.

September 25, 2018

NJ Human Services In the Comminity Newsletter

The Murphy Administration is committed to a stronger and fairer New Jersey. In our early months on the job, the team at the Department of Human Services has taken important steps to help realize that goal.

September 17, 2018  

Apoyo Para Padres

Ocean Partnership for Children has created a facebook page Apoyo Para Padres, APP, for parents in Ocean County to have a private page where they can make connections with other parents, share information and resources, and have a supportive community

September 10, 2018  

To Raise Confident, Independent Kids, Some Parents Are Trying To 'Let Grow'

Let Grow is reaching out to elementary schools across the country to assign kids the Let Grow project as homework. Participating kids decide to do something on their own that they haven't done before — whether it's walking the dog around the block, or making dinner, or walking a few aisles over in the supermarket to get some eggs. 

August 27, 2018  

Your Opinion Matters: DCF Suicide Prevention Survey

As part of the New Jersey Strategy for Youth Suicide Prevention Plan, NJ DCF is asking our families, system partners, stakeholders, and service providers to complete it to help New Jersey assess our progress in this work.

August 22, 2018  

Back to School Supply Drive

Toms River & Central Jersey Shore Macaroni Kid are partnering with Monmouth & Ocean County Council for Young Children and the Ocean County YMCA to provide local families in need with back to school supplies.

July 31, 2018  

Beyond Opioids: How A Family Came Together To Stay Together

NPR-For most of her childhood, growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, Kelly Zimmerman felt alone and anxious.She despaired when her mother was depressed or working late shifts; when her parents fought nonstop; when her friends wanted to come over, and she felt too ashamed to let them see her home's buckling floor, the lack of running water. 

July 31, 2018  

Researchers Show Impact of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare More Lasting

Now, a landmark study by researchers at the University of New Hampshire has found that parents of youth who went through an outdoor behavioral program report that their children showed almost three times the improvement after one year than youth who remained in their communities for more traditional treatment.

July 31, 2018  

VNA to open LGBTQ center in Asbury Park

The Visiting Nurse Association’s Health Group Prevention Resource Network will open a center within its VNACJ Community Health Center in Asbury Park to serve the LGBTQ community.

July 10, 2018  

Minority Mental Health Month

July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US).

July 10, 2018  

The Growing Case for Social Media Addiction

Dr. Orif Turel, a leading researcher in technology addiction and an associate professor at CSU Fullerton, says compulsively checking Instagram, Facebook and Twitter isn't just fun — it could be hurting our brain.