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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

COVID-19 Briefing #5 (4.29.20) – Protecting Mental Health

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #5 – April 29, 2020

Topic: Protecting Our Mental Health During the Pandemic

Guest speaker #1: Jaime Angelini, Director of Consumer Services – Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ)

Guest speaker #2: Megan Sullivan, Deputy Director, Disaster and Terrorism Branch – Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, NJ Dept. of Human Services

Guest speaker #3: Dr. Diana Salvador, PsyD, Clinical Director – Department of Children and Families, Children’s System of Care

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Mental and Behavioral Health Resources
  • Crisis Hotlines for immediate mental and emotional support – including hotlines specifically for youth, LGBTQ and Veterans
  • Resource banks – general and for immigrant communities
  • Other mental health resources or suggestions

Download the full summary and resources links here.

“During the process, a wonderful synergy has developed. The weekly Host Team meetings have united our Host Team, and forged new relationships between us all, as well as the businesses and community organizations that we represent. I applaud Gathering Ground for helping communities look at themselves through a process that embraces inclusivity, accountability and openness.”

– Rachael Faillace – Chair, Rahway Call to Collaboration Host Team | Former Executive Director, Rahway Arts District (Rahway)