“CSPNJ shares a vision of healing and hope that is promoted by choice, freedom, inclusion and de-stigmatization. Our greatest resource is the life experiences of persons working through their own recovery.”

               Virtual Recovery Meetings

Due to the social distancing we are all practicing to slow the spread of COVID-19, most recovery groups are not meeting in person. You can still get help. Many programs have regularly scheduled virtual meetings that are increasing in number each day. Magellan Healthcare knows how hard recovery can be, so they have provided helpful information about virtual meetings for several programs at this link.  Similarly, Smart Recovery is also providing opportunities for virtual meetings and can be reached by clicking here.  And lastly, the Office of National Drug Control Policy is providing a list of virtual recovery resources that you can find here

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) Links


The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is an agency responsible for improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental disorders. ​

Wellness in Eight Dimensions – You Tube

This short animated video explores the Eight Dimensions of Wellness.

Creating a Healthier Life: A Step-By-Step Guide to Wellness

A 22 page tool that explores steps and strategies for enhancing wellness in the eight dimensions.

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery

This guide assists in developing an action plan for prevention and recovery.

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma—A Self-Help Guide

This guide examines the mental health effects of trauma and self-help activities to feel better.

Developing a Recovery and Wellness Lifestyle: A Self-Help Guide

This guide offers self-help tips to aid in taking action to create a recovery and wellness lifestyle, including access to health care, lifestyle, home, employment, diet, exercise, light, and sleep.

Making and Keeping Friends

This publication emphasizes the value of friends in the recovery process, describing self-help activities for making new friends, keeping friendships strong, establishing and honoring boundaries, resolving problems, and building skills that enhance friendships.

Speaking Out for Yourself: A Self-Help Guide

This guide outlines self-help tips on how to become a strong self-advocate, emphasizes the importance of understanding your rights as someone using mental health services.

What a Difference a Friend Makes

An initiative that educates and exposes youth to understanding mental illnesses, to transform stigma and discrimination to acceptance.

Recovering Your Mental Health—A Self-Help Guide

This publication suggests self-help strategies that people can use to manage their mental illness and recovery, such as identifying the signs of depression or other mental disorder, what to do about serious symptoms, and questions to ask about medications.

Local Links (NJ / NY)

New Jersey Self-help Group Clearinghouse

This non-profit organization, dedicated to helping self-help groups in New Jersey, produces an annual publication with all of the self-help groups offered in the state that can be downloaded from the site. ​

NAMI New Jersey

This statewide NAMI non-profit organization provides self-help groups, education, support, and systems advocacy to empower families and persons with lived experience.

Disability Rights New Jersey

This non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting the rights of people living with disabilities in New Jersey, offering information about and referrals to legal representation, along with other advocacy related services.

Department of Integrated Health

The Integrated Health Services branch is designed to increase efficiency, coordination and integration of the state’s mental health and addiction prevention and treatment programs with the delivery of primary healthcare, including chronic disease prevention, treatment and management. It comprises two divisions: the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Division of Community Health Services.

New York State Office of Mental Health Wellness Toolkit

This site offers information on smoking cessation, illness prevention, increasing activity, and improving nutrition for individuals living in the greater New York area. ​

7Seeds Yoga

A peer-run organization offering trauma-informed yoga and meditation delivered by specially qualified instructors based out of New Brunswick, NJ.   

Institute for the Development of Human Arts

An emerging cooperative of mental health workers, clinicians, psychiatrists, current and prior users of mental health services, advocates, artists, and survivors of trauma and adversity, who are interested in exploring the link between personal and societal transformation.

Nationwide Links

Provides information on how to improve your health habits by: practicing regular physical activity; eating more healthy foods; protecting yourself and your family from illness; and avoiding risks to your health and the health of your loved ones.

Hearing Voices Network

The primary objective of the Hearing Voices group is to generate awareness of the hearing voices experience and a better understanding and acceptance of voice hearers and others

Health Literacy for Patients and Consumers

Provides information and links aimed at improving health literacy, including questions to ask your doctor, using hospitals and clinics, and understanding different treatment and medical options available.

Quit Smoking

This site offers information and resources to help you understand the health risks involved with smoking, why it is so hard to quit smoking, and tools and tops and how to quit.

Center for Mind-Body Medicine

This group works to create a more effective, comprehensive, and compassionate model of health care and health education by combining modern science with the world’s healing traditions.

Disability Scoop

The nation’s premier source for developmental disability news, with daily, comprehensive coverage on issues related to autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more.

Faces & Voices of Recovery

An organization committed to mobilizing and organizing individuals in recovery from drugs and alcohol and their friends and family into recovery community organizations and networks, as to support recovery-oriented programs and policies.


From Asylums to Recovery 

The first in a three-part documentary about the on-going battle for civil rights and humane treatment for people in the mental health care system, by people who have received or are receiving mental health care, to transform the system of care in the United States


Living Well with a Disability

This website outlines an 8-week, 16-hour course focused on building healthier lifestyles. Handouts are available for free as a PDF download.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The national office of NAMI provides support, training and education, advocacy, and volunteer opportunities.

National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives

Provides information, state-by-state, for people using services, health and legal professionals, and families and friends.

The Recovery Group

The Recovery Group is an organization that supports persons living with mental illnesses and who are recovering from traumatic events, and supports individuals in recovery through education, peer support, and fostering community involvement.

Suicide Prevention In College

A Valuable Resource Guide on Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students.


Theravive is a network of licensed therapists and psychologists committed to helping people receive the best mental health care available.  Through building bridges with others, we continually strive to lower mental health stigma.

PRA Podcasts

Policy Research Associates is committed to the well-being and wellness of individuals with behavioral health conditions. To help spread information about the importance of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness in recovery, we created a podcast series to address each pillar of wellness. We are proud to release the first eight episodes addressing six dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, and spiritual. PRA Program Area Director Terri Hay introduces each podcast, available on iTunesStitcher, and Soundcloud!

Mad in America

Science, Psychiatry, and Social justice — This site offers Pathways to Enhance Well- Being with Free Resource on Alternative Wellness Practices

Mental Health Minute

A new short form podcast highlighting individuals who struggle from a mental health condition and their chosen wellness tools. What makes this particular venture different is that all the episodes are about a minute long.

We start our premiere with a feature of well known community activist, Jay Mahler. Stay tuned for more episodes as they are released.

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