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13 Reasons Why or Why Not?

The new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has given the mental health community a lot to think about. Mental Health Advocate Wendy Sefcik’s blog post dives in:

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a book by Jay Asher. As a mom who lost her 16-year-old son T.J. to suicide I find myself reading and watching everything I can about suicide in the hopes of learning something new that I can pass on to help raise awareness and prevent others from dying by their own hand.

Emotions are running high concerning this series as people on one side condemn it while others advocate it should be required viewing. As with most issues I believe the reality lies somewhere in between. First and foremost, the series is out and kids are watching it, so what should you know about it?

Read the rest of 13 Reasons Why or Why Not.


Governor Chris Christie visited Whippany recently to announce an expansion of the ReachNJ campaign that will promote life-saving treatment and services for people battling addiction, those vulnerable to this disease and their families. The reason for his visit was to highlight subjects of new advertisements focused on access to Stigma Free drug abuse prevention, recovery and re-entry programs and services. State resources a call or click away at 1-844-REACH-NJ and

Vanessa, a recovering addict who met Governor Christie at the Candlelight Vigil for Addiction and Recovery in Trenton last year, is featured in the following new television ad:

Morris County Addiction Recovery Response Team Seeks Members

The Center for Addiction Recovery, Education and Success (CARES) is seeking individuals to become part of the Morris County Addiction Recovery Response Team (ARRT). Members of the ARRT will provide peer recovery support, in the hospital Emergency Departments, to individuals reversed from an opiate overdose as well as follow-up for a minimum of 60 days. Team members will have a passion for helping others and be in recovery from addiction themselves. Additional requirements include a valid driver’s license, transportation, and the ability to be on call for 12 hour shifts at least once a week. Members of the ARRT will participate in a 46-hour training for Peer Recovery Specialists.

Anyone interested in becoming part of the team please contact Nicola Inniss by e-mail or call 973-625-1143.

Here’s the Story: A Family Disease

When she was 19, Alicia Cook lost her cousin Jessica, of Morris County, to a heroin overdose. Before she died, Jessica, fearing she wouldn’t make it out alive, asked Alicia to write about the disease of addiction and the epidemic of heroin abuse. Jessica’s story and the accounts of those who share her journey will be told on Here’s The Story: A Family Disease. Produced by Driving Jersey. It includes the remembrances of Jessica’s dad, Bob Cook (who has long worked for Morris County) and who has made an annual trip to Jessica’s high school, Morris Knolls, to tell them about his daughter, her life, and her death.

Watch Here’s the Story: A Family Disease.