Dogs and humans have been companions for centuries, but we’ve only just recently begun to understand the therapeutic properties of this timeless bond. A nurse research team at Atlantic Health System found that hospitalized children who interacted with dogs in our Soothing Paws Pet Therapy Program had a significant decrease in their anxiety levels. The study looked at 93 children from ages six to 17 in two different groups – one that received a visit from a therapy dog and a control group that did not. Read more about our findings >

Depression Programs and Screenings

Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Adults 65 and older who are looking to stay well with age may benefit from events labeled “New Vitality.”

“More than Sad” for Teens
This program will help teenagers understand depression.
Wednesdays, May 15 and June 19; 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Milford Health & Wellness, 111 East Catherine Street, Milford, PA
For more information and to register, please call 570-409-8484, option #4.
Assess Your Stress Level
Find out if you’re over-stressed; no appointment necessary.
Wednesday, May 22; 3:00 to 5:00pm
Milford Health & Wellness, 111 East Catharine Street, Milford, PA
For information, please call 570-409-8484 ext. 501.
Parents for Prevention: Parents Group
Learn about and share current events that affect risky behaviors in our children.
Thursday, May 23; 5:15pm
Sparta Health and Wellness, 89 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 570-409-8484 and choose option #4.
Perinatal Loss Support Group
Parents who have lost an unborn child can provide each other with mutual support and encouragement.
Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 to 9:00pm
Newton Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, 175 High St, Newton, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-940-8140.

Behavioral Health Psychotherapy Groups
The following groups held at Newton Medical Center provide education, support and therapy. For more information, meeting dates and times, please call 973-579-8581. To register, please call 1-888-247-1400.

  • Co-Occurring/Substance Abuse Group
  • Coping with Anxiety
  • Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group (only for graduates of the full DBT program)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group for Adults
  • Depression Group
  • Enhance Your Life Group
  • Perinatal Mood Disorder Group 
  • Trauma Informed Therapy
  • Veteran’s PTSD Group
  • Wellness and Recovery Group
  • Women’s Depression & Anxiety Group
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