From academics and sports to peer pressure and dating, the stresses of high school can take its toll on teenagers. In fact, one in five over the age of 14 suffer from anxiety, depression or substance abuse. Atlantic Health System hopes to stem the tide by participating in two initiatives designed to address psychiatric problems in kids as early as possible. The first, now in its pilot stages, makes mental health screenings part of a child’s annual wellness visit. The second is the creation of mental health “hubs,” which provide a place for pediatricians to refer patients for professional behavioral care coordination. Read more >

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.

“More than Sad” for Teens
This program will help teenagers understand depression.
Wednesday, December 19; 4:00 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, December 26; 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, December 27; 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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Facebook Posts May Hint at Depression

MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression.

Using sophisticated software, researchers were able to scan social media posts and detect depression months before it was apparent on clinical screening tests.

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