The social dimension of wellness involves developing, nourishing and encouraging satisfying relationships.
Pet Food Pantries Help Animals in Need
Quoting from www.thepetfoodpantry.org, “According to the ASPCA between 500,000 to 1 million dogs and cats in the United States are at a risk of becoming homeless in an economic downturn. Giving up a pet for lack of ability to care for it is a very distressing experience.” Pet food pantries are available in communities around the US to help individuals who cannot afford to feed their animal companions. A Google search for “Pet Food Pantry” reveals six million hits, including a “listing by state of pet food pantries” (https://sites.google.com/site/nationwidecatrescue/Home/listing-by-state-of-pet-food-pantries), and several articles on setting up a pet foodpantry. Bon appetit, mes animaux domestiques!
Self-Help Group Resource
We are pleased to share the following self-help group resource that is online at www.mededfund.org/NJgroups/QuickLinks_NJGroups.pdf. It includes access to detailed group listings by type in mental health and addictions, group listings by county, and sample listings of groups outside of those two categories.
This is part of the detailed information on finding starting, and running self-help groups offered by the NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, www.njgroups.org.
Also check the American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, http://www.mentalhelp.net/selfhelp/.
SAMHSA has produced a publication with Mary Ellen Copeland that emphasizes the value of friends in the recovery process. This Self-help guide describes activities for making new friends, keeping friendships strong, establishing and honoring boundaries, resolving problems, and building skills that enhance friendships.
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