Behavioral Health and Psychiatry 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

We have all been through a lot the past two years! Things are returning to normal in many ways, but the impact on our emotional and mental health may linger and unfold for years to come. Hackensack Meridian Health, the largest and most comprehensive health care network in New Jersey, is here to help provide the resources, expertise and care. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and there is no better moment to recognize and reflect on the importance of managing our mental health in the same way we manage our physical health. Green is the color for Mental Health Awareness Month, and it not only represents positive emotions, but also “action”...as in time to move, time to go forward! Which is why we all eagerly anticipate the traffic light turning green! Green is also known to be a color of calm, tranquility and comfort. Green represents renewal and flourishing. We see it as our lawns turn green and trees and gardens bloom.

Green will also be the backdrop of our hospitals and care facilities. As you pass by any of our hospitals during the month of May, you will see them lit up green in honor of Mental Health Month.

Please join us in prioritizing mental health - not only every day in May, but every day of the year.. It is truly time to talk about mental health. Talk to someone, listen and seek care when you need it.

If you need a place to start, have a conversation with your primary care physician. They are looking after your total well-being, physical and mental!

Our network provides every level of care you may need for mental health and addiction treatment. From the most severe inpatient care or medical detox addiction treatment, to walk-in care at our Urgent Care with Behavioral Health, outpatient services and specialized psychiatrists and therapists, we are here to help.

Some of our services and facilities include:

For more information on providers and locations, view the accompanying pages.

Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health

Behavioral health, mental health, and psychiatry – these are all related terms for emotional health and well-being. It is long overdue that society treated these issues like any other medical condition, and removed the fear and stigma about discussing them or seeking care. At Hackensack Meridian Health, we believe it is important that people feel comfortable discussing issues of concern in a safe and supportive environment. It is what you, your loved ones, our neighbors, and communities deserve.

Our services and capabilities include:

  • Inpatient services for acute mental health issues
  • Inpatient addiction detox/rehab recovery at Blake Recovery Center (at Carrier Clinic)
  • Comprehensive outpatient services (Intensive Outpatient Program and traditional Outpatient services)
  • A 296-bed dedicated Behavioral Health hospital at Carrier Clinic
  • Specialized programs and care for opioid, alcohol, substance abuse, and addiction
  • Treatment for depression, stress, anxiety and mood disorders
  • Child, adolescent, and family services
  • Geriatric and caregiver programs and support
  • A school and residential facility for troubled teens and adolescents (East Mountain Lodge and East Mountain School)
  • Emergency psychiatric services in network Emergency Departments

A Dedicated Behavioral Health Hospital

Hackensack Meridian Carrier Clinic is the leader in specialized behavioral health care in New Jersey. Carrier Clinic’s campus includes Blake Recovery Center, a nationally recognized inpatient addiction treatment center, East Mountain Lodge, an adolescent and teen residential treatment program for ages 13-18 with psychiatric and/or emotional difficulties and East Mountain School, a special education school for adolescents challenged by behavioral or psychiatric disorders.

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health

Our experienced team, which includes skilled professionals and distinguished psychiatrists who’ve been recognized as “Top Docs” in New Jersey, can provide relief for patients from children to older adults and their families at times when mental illness, emotional difficulties, addiction or other issues arise.

Patient Story

“I really want to share my story, because there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about for anyone suffering from a mental health related illness. Our pain is as real as the cancer patient’s, stroke or heart attack survivor’s, and there are extraordinary and innovative therapies available that can change your life. Sometimes I think the hardest part of seeking help may be overcoming the fear of ‘what will my friends or colleagues think.’” -Josh Binn, Hackensack, NJ

Josh Binn
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