Depression

Dogs and humans have been companions for centuries, but we’ve only just recently begun to understand the therapeutic properties of this timeless bond. A nurse research team at Atlantic Health System found that hospitalized children who interacted with dogs in our Soothing Paws Pet Therapy Program had a significant decrease in their anxiety levels. The study looked at 93 children from ages six to 17 in two different groups – one that received a visit from a therapy dog and a control group that did not. Read more about our findings >




Depression Programs and Screenings


Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Adults 65 and older who are looking to stay well with age may benefit from events labeled “New Vitality.”
 
Perinatal Bereavement Support Group
This monthly support group is for anyone who has lost an infant during pregnancy, stillbirth or early infancy.
Second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 to 9:00pm
Overlook Medical Center, Conference Room 3
For more information and to register, please call 908-522-3659.

Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program
Group, individual and family counseling, as well as medication management for those who need an intense, time-limited treatment to improve their emotional health. Participants attend three out of five days per week.
Mondays through Fridays, 10:30am to 2:00pm
Atlantic Behavioral Health Outpatient, 46-48 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 1-888-247-1400.

Postpartum Group
New mothers meet and learn coping and relaxation skills to help them with their new role.
Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30am
Atlantic Behavioral Health Outpatient, 46-48 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit, NJ
Presenter: Patricia Monaghan, LMFT
For more information and to register, please call 1-888-247-1400.

Bereavement Support Group
This group is for family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer. Registration is required.
Overlook Medical Center, Oncology Conference Room
For a schedule and to register, please call 908-522-5255.

 
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