Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center Offers Free
Mental Health Screenings Sept. 15
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (September 8, 2015) – According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year. In fact one in every five adults in the U.S. experiences a mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults experiences a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
As September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center is raising awareness of this national crisis – helping people to recognize the symptoms and diagnose illness before a suicide attempt occurs.
On Tuesday, September 15, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. mental health professionals from Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center will offer a variety of free, confidential mental health screenings at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, located at 1691 U.S. Highway 9 in Toms River.
Screenings to be offered include those for depression, anxiety, stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These screenings are open to the public and are designed to educate individuals about the signs and symptoms of mental health issues.
Karen Bright, Psychiatric Screener at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus says "Suicide is 100 percent preventable with awareness. Although people may feel hopeless, it's important for them to know that help is available. I tell people it's better to lose a friendship than a friend and encourage them to reach out for help for their friends and for themselves."
Major warning signs for suicide include talking about killing or harming oneself, seeking out things that could be used in a suicide attempt, such as drugs or weapons and self-destructive behavior, as well as previous attempts. Other risk factors include substance abuse, family history of suicide attempts, giving away one's possessions and increased isolation.
Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center also offers help through Stepping Stones, an intensive outpatient program aimed at addressing unique and broad mental health issues. The program is tailored to treat a wide range of disorders, including depression, anxiety, grief and other mood disorders. For those suffering from co-occurring substance abuse disorders, the program provides addiction recovery groups and other treatment modalities.
The Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center offers an extensive array of high-quality, clinically-focused programs. These programs include a 100-bed acute care psychiatric facility which provides inpatient and intensive outpatient programs for adults and older adults diagnosed with psychiatric and dual disorders. At the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, the multidisciplinary staff includes experienced professionals in nearly every facet of behavioral health care. This allows us to provide truly customized and highly specialized treatment tracks, as well as programs for the dually diagnosed.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. To register for the free screening day or for further information about the Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, please call the 24-hour Access Line at
CONTACT: Shari Beirne