March 31, 2020

Dear Editor:

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The importance of focusing on our mental health needs at this time cannot be underestimated. We are all facing unexpected changes in our work and home situations which can easily lead to, or exacerbate, stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Social distancing can create social isolation if we don’t take the right care of ourselves.

Preferred Behavioral Health Group is a non-profit organization that has been supporting the Monmouth and Ocean county communities for those with mental health and substance use challenges for over 40 years and we are here now providing services during this pandemic.  

If you, or a family member, is struggling with substance use issues or anxiety, depression or challenges due to social distancing, we can help. Call us at 732-367-4700 or connect via our website at We have compassionate, experienced and licensed therapists and addiction counselors available for you.

Together, we will get through this. But, in the meantime, find ways to practice self-care that work for you: meditation, yoga, walks, virtual visits with family and friends, reading, etc. And consider professional help if you want or need more support. Seeking professional help when you need it is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Mary Pat Angelini

Chief Executive Officer

Preferred Behavioral Health Group