Nonprofit will assist people having mental health issues

Typing Letter to the Editor for the Opinion page.

The importance of focusing on our mental health needs at this time cannot be underestimated. We are all facing unexpected changes in our work and home situations which can easily lead to, or exacerbate, stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Social distancing can create social isolation if we do not take the right care of ourselves.

Preferred Behavioral Health Group is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting the Monmouth County and Ocean County communities for those with mental health and substance use challenges for over 40 years and we are here now providing services during this pandemic.

If you or a family member are struggling with substance use issues or anxiety, depression or challenges due to social distancing, we can help. Call us at 732-367-4700 or connect via our website at

We have compassionate, experienced and licensed therapists and addiction counselors available for you.

Together, we will get through this. But in the meantime, find ways to practice self-care that work for you: meditation, yoga, walks, virtual visits with family and friends, reading, etc.

And consider professional help if you want or need more support. Seeking professional help when you need it is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Mary Pat Angelini
Chief Executive Officer
Preferred Behavioral Health Group
Ocean Township