Submitted by Lisa Giannascoli, Director of Marketing and Development
In January 2010, the Community Support Team (CST), a division of Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, opened its doors, and since September of 2012 have operated at 93 Stickles Pond Rd. in Newton. For the past 10 years, Bridgeway CST has offered Community Support Services (Supportive Housing); Integrated Case Management Services; Homeless Outreach Case Management; Employment/Career Services; and Partial Care programming. Bridgeway’s mission is to promote, and foster recovery from mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Bridgeway inspires and supports individuals to become productive citizens who are fully engaged in their communities by creating opportunities for wellness, independent living, learning and working and social inclusion.
One CST program, Partial Care, is particularly focused on fostering social inclusion for individuals for whom isolation and loneliness present a serious health risk. Partial Care is a day rehabilitation program, founded in a membership philosophy, available to adults aged 18 and over who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. What the staff at Partial Care know is that creating social network interventions is a critical part of helping someone recover from a mental health crisis. What they know from research is that social isolation can interfere in everyday functioning. It can disrupt sleep patterns, impede focus, and affect both logical and verbal reasoning. For those who are at high risk, social isolation can result in cognitive decline, depression, neuroticism, hallucinations, and the onset of dementia.
To help members combat isolation and loneliness, the staff at Partial Care along with staff from GoMo Health, a virtual behavioral health provider, created the Every Day Matters program. Every Day Matters delivers care messages by text when program participants are most vulnerable: when home, away from services and supports, and alone with their thoughts. The messaging comes in the morning, before they come to Partial Care, and again in the evenings, when feeling isolated can prompt behaviors that will hinder recovery. Care messages are composed by staff and members together. Some care messages offer inspiration, some suggest healthy activities, some offer uplifting quotes, and others offer links to stories, songs, prayers, and jokes. Members at Partial Care receive the same care messages in the evenings. Sharing the experience of receiving these messages has resulted in animated conversations and new connections among members at Partial Care.
Ron Allen, Partial Care Team Leader, has observed that there is “much more community involvement outside of program,” among members since the implementation of the Every Day Matters program.
Helise, a graduate of Partial Care, gave an on-camera interview about the program. She said, “when I get those messages, I feel very connected.” Helise’s words are a testament to the value of social inclusion and fostering connections to the program as well as to those attending it. The Every Day Matters program is a testament to Bridgeway’s commitment to its members, staff, and mission. Please go to Bridgeway’s website www.bridgewayrehab.org and click on the Youtube icon to view the video titled Finding Peace, and hear Helise’s story in her own words.
For more information about Every Day Matters, and the whole menu of GoMo Health programs, please visit GoMo Health www.gomohealth.com
Bob Gold and GoMo Health will receive the Distinguished Life Impact Partner of the Year Award at Bridgeway’s annual Chairperson’s Dinner on April 22, 2020, 6:00 PM, Kean University Stem Building, Union, NJ. Please go to www.bridgewayrehab.org/events.html for more information.
Contact Bridgeway CST, 93 Stickles Pond Rd., Newton at 973-383-8670
admin March 1st, 2020
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Submitted by Lisa Giannascoli, Director of Marketing and Development; Special thanks to Jennifer Tencza Picinic, Bridgeway Sussex CST
If you have ever set a goal and achieved it, you know ﬁrst hand how beneﬁcial it is to set a goal, make a plan for achieving it, and follow the plan to success. Setting goals helps trigger new behaviors, helps guides your focus and helps you sustain that momentum in life.
Goals also help align your focus and promote a sense of self-mastery. In the end, you can’t manage what you don’t measure and you can’t improve upon something that you don’t properly manage. Setting goals can help you do all of that and more.
The truth is that some goals are achieved while others are not. It’s important to understand why. How many times have you set a personal goal, for example ‘I am going to change my unhealthy eating habits and lose 20 pounds this year’ only to give up after a few days! Chances are, while you dreamed of being healthier and thinner, you probably needed a plan.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, early 20th century author of The Little Prince, is credited with the following quote “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” What he was actually teaching us is to set a goal and make a plan for how you will reach your goal.
Here are ﬁve tips for achieving your goals in 2020:
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable.
Don’t make a resolution on New Year’s Eve. Instead, make a plan well in advance and choose a start date based on being ready to commit to the plan.
Check-in with yourself often. Decide how you will deal with distractions and temptations to give up. Practice positive thinking and self-talk, reminding yourself why your goal is important.
Set benchmarks that are easy to achieve and track. Celebrating each small accomplishment along the
way will help keep you motivated. Keep a journal.
Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.
admin January 2nd, 2020
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