Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Link Between Drug Addiction and Mental Illness Addiction is common in people with mental health problems. Alcohol or drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of depression or anxiety. Unfortunately, substance abuse causes side effects and in the long run worsens the very symptoms they initially numbed or […]

The Link Between Drug Addiction and Mental Illness

In 2015, Oakland took the first step toward becoming a Stigma Free Town by passing the Stigma- Free Campaign Resolution proposed by former town council member Pat Pignatelli. Stigma-Free Zones aim to inspire public interest and open dialogues about stigma, raise awareness of the disease of mental illness and create […]

Oakland is Stigma Free

There’s an app for everything, and there are plenty of health related apps for exercise and diet — as well as mental health apps. offers a list of their top 10 mental health apps: Two popular apps that are free include Optimism and Pacifica. offers a group of self-tracking […]

There’s an App for That

MindMatters is an Australian mental health initiative for schools, and offers different methodologies that could be adopted in Oakland.   The goal of MindMatters is to improve the mental health and well being of children and adolescents. They have a framework that gives structure, guidance, and support, while enabling schools to […]

MindMatters Down Under

Everyone may not have the time to attend classes that provide hands-on training, detailed instructions, and recognized certifications – but everyone has 20 minutes to become knowledgeable in the basics of first aid – both physical and mental. Mental CPR has partnered with mental health professionals to offer a 20 […]

20 Minutes, Save a Life

The benefits of sports psychology have been well known to many professional athletes and teams, and that trend continues in soccer- especially with teams in Europe where many would say the fans could also benefit from some psychological guidance. Sports psychology has grown into a major niche industry, and it’s […]

Soccer Psychology

LetsTalkOakland has taken the pledge on to promote awareness and understanding of the 5 signs by coordinating with residents, schools, volunteer organizations and businesses of Oakland, NJ. ChangeDirection shares the same values and concerns of LetsTalkOakland in “creating a culture in which mental health optimization is valued and achievable”. […]

We Took the Pledge