NJ Spotlight News Virtual Roundtable: Mental Health in New Jersey: Addressing Detection, Stigma, & Treatment Access in the Age of COVID-19

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Some 58% of New Jersey adults or someone they know has experienced mental health problems, and 68% of those respondents said their problems have gotten worse during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Stockton University poll on public health and other issues released in April 2022.

Despite statistics indicating greater public awareness, assessing how the COVID-19 pandemic may effect individuals’ mental health is an ongoing challenge. Understanding why stigma remains a barrier to treatment and how equitable access to treatment can be achieved also remain elusive.

To help address increasing incidence of mental health and substance use disorders new models for improving early detection are being deployed in health systems throughout the state. Additionally, state officials are seeking to increase investment in mental health services and related programs.

Please join us for this roundtable as we discuss with experts the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on individuals’ mental health, models for improving early detection of mental health and substance use disorders, and paths toward removing stigma and providing more equitable access to mental health treatment in the state.


Carolyn Beauchamp, President & CEO, Mental Health Association in New Jersey

Frank A. Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP, President & CEO, Rutgers Health University Behavioral Health Care, Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health and Addictions Service Line, RWJBarnabas Health

Margaret Swarbrick, PhD, FAOTA, Associate Director, Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies; Research Professor, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Debra L. Wentz, PhD, CEO, New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA), Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma, State of New Jersey


Joanna Gagis, Correspondent, NJ Spotlight News

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM


This will be an online event only. Please register to have a viewing link emailed to you Tuesday, 5/17, at 3pm with a repeat send at 4pm.

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