Bayville, NJ – November 29, 2012: Ocean Mental Health Services (OceanMHS) and the Ocean County Library have partnered together to offer support groups for people who are struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many have experienced trauma during the past month in Ocean County. Loss of home, security, personal belongings and routine can have deep effects on a person’s ability to recover from the trauma. If someone is experiencing feelings of deep sadness or constant worry, having difficulties sleeping, or has a need to share their experiences they may benefit from a support group.
The program is being organized by OceanMHS Division Directors Kim Veith and Kathy Greene. According to Kim Veith, “We know from past experiences that communities see an increase in mental health needs following a traumatic weather event such as Hurricane Sandy.” She also stresses the importance of receiving services soon after the traumatic event. “The sooner one seeks help, the less suffering there is and the better their long-term outlook will be. Although most people will not experience long term effects, this also becomes a good time to remind people about coping skills.” The Ocean Mental Health Service and the Ocean County Library are pleased to be a part of bringing this valuable service to our residents.
OceanMHS will be offering free support groups at several locations throughout the County, including their OceanCrest office in Toms River and several Ocean County Library branches. The support groups will begin the week of December 10th. Registration is required so visit their website at www.OceanMHS.org for more information.
This program is funded in part by TD Bank and a grant from the Ocean Cares Foundation.
Ocean Mental Health Services was founded in 1959 to serve the mental health needs of Ocean County, New Jersey. Since then the agency has grown to offer over thirty (30) distinct programs serving adults, youth and children. The OceanMHS mission is to offer a comprehensive continuum of mental health services that promotes full participation in community life. Ideally, the citizens of Ocean County will understand mental health is essential to overall health, services are consumer driven, and everyone receives excellent mental health services.