PRINCETON, NJ — May is mental health awareness month and many communities are taking time to raise awareness of the role of mental health in people’s lives.

The last two years have been especially challenging as many communities have had to deal with the toll the pandemic has taken on mental illness. Princeton House Behavioral Health‘s recent Community Health Needs Assessment ranked mental health and wellness as the second biggest health-related concern of those living in our area.

The organization is hosting low-cost and free events for community members during the month of May.

“For 50 years Princeton House Behavioral Health, now a proud part of Penn Medicine, has been providing treatment to community members with mental health and substance use disorders,” said Marguerite Pedley, PhD, Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health.

“We have a wealth of talent and expertise in the area and are pleased to be able to share it with our community in addition to the thousands of patients we treat each year,”

Here are the events open to the community during Mental Health Month:

  • Yoga (multiple levels and dates)
  • Mental Health First Aid Training (starts May 31)
  • Self-Care Series: Silent Sunset Hike at Plainsboro Reserve (May 11)
  • Young Adults: Ways to Cope Through the Pandemic (May 18)
  • Mental Health First Aid Training for Fire & EMS (May 18 and 26)

Additionally, monthly support groups for perinatal loss, grief and loss, weight loss, diabetes, and stroke.