Community Companion Program
Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris (MHAEMC)
The Community Companions Program (CCP) provides one-to-one companionship and assistance in daily living to people with mental illnesses.
The companion visits the client at least once a week, for a minimum of three months, participating in mutually agreeable activities. Together they find new social groups, learn about community resources, and share in a supportive friendship.
Volunteers will receive training, which will include an orientation to mental illness and mental health, an overview of community resources and practice in successful communication skills.
Upon completion of training, volunteers will have the opportunity to share skills and interests with someone who needs social support as a supplement to mental health services.
Please call Marissa Ferrito 973-334-3496 ext. 113 for more information.
About Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris (MHAEMC)
300 Littleton Road, 3rd floor, Parsippany, NJ 07054, US
*To empower people with psychiatric disabilities to live quality lives in their communities. *To empower family members to become partners with mental health consumers and professionals in the treatment and recovery process. *To link people with mental health treatment needs to available services and resources. *To fill gaps in the Morris County mental health service system, modeling effective high-quality programs and services which are responsive to consumer needs and preferences. *To increase public awareness of mental health and mental illness and to promote mental wellness for everyone. The Mental Health Association envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice.
Incorporated in 1953, the Mental Health Association of Morris County (MHAMC) is a local chapter of the New Jersey Division of the National Mental Health Association.
The roots of the Mental Health Association go back to 1909 when Clifford Beers formed the National Committee for Mental Hygiene. Beers had been a patient himself and after his recovery devoted his energies to helping others.
In 1950, Beers' committee and two other groups combined to become the National Mental Health Association, which remains the only nationwide citizens' organization concerned with all aspects of mental health and mental illness.
The Mental Health Association of Morris County is comprised of over 300 citizen volunteers. Like its affiliates throughout the nation, the MHAMC is working for America's mental health and victory over mental illness.