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CHOICES is an exciting consumer-driven program for smokers with mental illness in New Jersey. Our goal is to increase awareness of the importance of addressing tobacco use and to create a strong peer support network that encourages mental health consumers to make a positive healthy lifestyle change by addressing smoking and tobacco use.
CHOICES is innovative because it employs mental health consumers, called Consumer Tobacco Advocates, to deliver the vital message to smokers with mental illness that addressing tobacco is important and to motivate them to seek treatment. The Consumer Tobacco Advocates provide their peers with information about the consequences of smoking, issues regarding smoking and mental illness, and options available to make quitting easier. They visit mental health centers, self-help centers and health fairs to communicate with and educate consumers about their smoking. They also provide resources about places in New Jersey where smokers with mental illness can receive tobacco dependence treatment.
As the Consumer Tobacco Advocates increase awareness among consumers about the relationship between smoking and their overall wellness, many consumers have come to terms with their desire to quit. Their clear message about the need for tobacco-cessation services and treatments will drive public policy on this issue more than any other force.
Do you want to start feeling better? Now's the time to BECOME MOTIVATED! Learn as much as you can about tobacco misuse, take control and feel better. Are you a mental health consumer interested in learning more about quitting smoking?
You have CHOICES!
We can help!
September 28, 2016
Webinar Recording Available:
Innovative Approaches to Wellness in Behavioral Health
Announcing the Winners of SAMHSA's 2016 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness
On September 12, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) program to Achieve Wellness (PAW) hosted a webinar to officially announce the winners of the 2016 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness. The Recognition is dersigned to acknowledge organizations and communities for their exemplary wellness efforts. Speakers on the webinar included invited guestd from three winning programs:
- The Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP)'s Behavioral Heralth Home Plus, PA
- The University of Arizona RISE Health and Wellness Center's Camp Wellness, AZ
- Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking (CHOICES), NJ
The recording from that webinar is now available online for playback
For more information, download the presentation slides and related materials: Presentation Slides / Webinar Questions and Answers/ Webinar Transcript
We're on TWITTER As a way of staying in touch with people we meet at site visits and health fairs, CHOICES has created a twitter account. We will use this account to post news, updates, and share valuable health information. Please follow us on twitter at @NJCHOICES
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Mental Health Agencies or Self-Help Centers in New Jersey. Our peer advocates are available to come to your site to talk to consumers. Call us today at 732-235-8232.