According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about
17 percent of U.S. adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental
health. In an effort to combat this statistic during National Mental Health
Month, mental health professionals at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health
Center in Toms River hope to build community awareness about getting treatment
and support to manage these conditions.
Mental health professionals from Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
will offer a variety of free, confidential mental health screenings on
Tuesday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Barnabas Health Behavioral Health
Center located at 1691 U.S. Highway 9 in Toms River.
Depression, anxiety, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic
stress disorder screenings will be offered in recognition of Mental Health
Screening Day. These screenings are open to the public and are designed
to educate individuals about the signs and symptoms of mental health issues.
“Mental health is an essential part of overall health and wellness,”
says Deanna Sperling, MAS, RN, NE-BC. “At times, everyone faces
challenges, which put mental health at risk and cause stress. Poor mental
health is a medical condition that can be treated. Medications and exercise
can often improve mental health.”
The Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center offers these tips for better
- Connect with others. Don’t cope with stress alone. Talking to a trusted
friend, family member, support group or counselor can make you feel better.
Spending time with positive, loving people can ease stress and improve
- Relax your mind. Relax by listening to soothing music, reading a book or
doing a quiet activity. Consider deep breathing, meditation or massage therapy.
- Exercise. Physical activity relieves tense muscles, improves your mood
and sleep, and increases energy and strength. Researchers say that exercise
also eases symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Get enough rest. Getting enough sleep helps you recover from the stresses
of the day. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
- Help others. Helping others builds social networks, improves self-esteem
and can give you a sense of purpose and achievement.
- Know your limits. If you’re overwhelmed at home, at work or with
friends, learn how to say “no.” It may feel uncomfortable
at first, so practice saying “no” with the people you trust most.
- Watch your negative self-talk. Try not to put yourself down. For example,
if you don’t make it to the gym this week, don’t call yourself
lazy. Instead, think about the specific factor that may have kept you
from going to the gym.
- Write down three good things that happen to you each day for a week. Also
write down why each good thing happened. Thinking about the good things
in your life and expressing gratitude may actually help you feel happier.
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