helping handsDOVER, NJ -   January is Self-Help Month.   With New Years resolutions firmly in mind, many of us are committing to addressing things in our lives that are important to us and our families.  Some strive for health, wealth and happiness while others are clinging to the last threads of hope that life has any meaning at all.  Some people feel isolated and uncertain about what steps to take in making changes in their lives. Support groups not only remedy the bleakness of isolation but are also a valuable resource in helping persons gain a sense of renewal and recovery. 

There are more than 8200 self-help group meetings in New Jersey for addictions, abuse, bereavement, disabilities, health, mental health, family, parenting, caregivers and more.  

The NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse offers free services to help people to find and form all types of self-help groups.  They also help people to start groups free of charge by providing literature, workshops, networking and more. All services are free of charge.

The NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is a member of Saint Clare's Health System, Denville, NJ, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives. It is funded through the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addictions.

The quarterly newsletter of the NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse,  Network, (.pdf) was published recently and can be viewed online.

For more information about the NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, please contact: Michael Adam Reale, Information Services Supervisor, 1-800-367-6274 or 973-989-1122, or visit www.NJgroups.org.