Free Mental Health Programs and Groups

Help for those who need it most

Carrier is pleased to offer a variety of FREE mental health and addiction groups and services throughout the year that include ongoing group meetings, special screening events plus educational seminars. 

To find out more information on these programs, please contact the Community Relations Department at 908.281.1513.

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Free Annual Depression & Anxiety Screenings

Carrier Clinic provides free, confidential Depression & Anxiety Screenings at our Belle Mead Campus in the main admissions area on a quarterly basis. Participants are able to complete assessment questionnaires, have an individual discussion with a mental health professional and receive informational literature. Walk-ins are welcome, no reservations necessary.

Carrier Clinic and East Mountain Hospital offer
Anxiety and Depression Screenings:
January 13, March 10, May 11, July 14, September 15, November 9

The screening is not a substitute for a psychiatric evaluation since no direct clinical recommendation or diagnosis will be given. However, a follow-up evaluation may be encouraged.

Alcohol Screening Dates

These free, anonymous screenings at our Belle Mead campus from 3-7pm are conducted by a clinician to identify possible alcohol use problems. Walk-ins are welcome, no pre-registration is necessary.

Alcohol Screening Dates for 2015 are:
February 19, April 16, June 18, August 20, October 15, December 17

Weekend Codependency Program

Carrier Clinic provides a weekend therapeutic educational and guidance program for family members and friends whose lives are impacted by another's addiction. Recovering addicts may also attend. Components of the six-week series (though many come after that time as needed) include educational lectures, discussion groups (including a parent's group), informational videos, and the opportunity to meet with addiction treatment professionals.

Participants have a choice of attending Saturday or Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.), on Carrier Clinic's Belle Mead campus, in the Atkinson Amphitheatre. No pre-registration is required. For those who are visiting a loved one at Blake Recovery Center, the program runs until 2:30 p.m.

Bright Futures for Kids

The Bright Futures for Kids program serves children ages 4 through 12 who are affected by a family member's addiction. The program is designed to help children express their feelings while learning coping skills, instilling cooperation, responsibility, maintaining a drug-free lifestyle, resisting peer pressure, and encouraging positive communication. Program components include problem solving, decision-making, peer pressure and communication.

This group meets Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Classroom #3, Atkinson Amphitheatre at Carrier Clinic.

Mood Disorder Support Group

Held every Thursday from 7:30 pm—9:15 pm in the Amphitheater

Support Group is intended as an informal forum for education, support and socialization among patients diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorders or related mood disorders. Families, friends and others who are interested in learning about these illnesses or offering support are also welcomed to attend.

Facilitated by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in Middlesex County, DBSA groups are peer-led groups with trained facilitators. For additional information, please call 888-226-6437.

Mental Health Education Group

Led by a licensed social worker, this discussion group helps educate family and friends who have a loved one at Carrier Clinic.  Participants will learn more about psychiatric disorders and how to best support their family or friend who is ill. Group members will also become more familiar with Carrier Clinic, its philosophy of treatment, and aftercare options in the community.

Held the first Saturday of the month, 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., Conference Center.

Parents Support Group

Held every Monday from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the Chapel at Carrier Clinic, this confidential support group helps parents to understand and cope with their children’s disease of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our mothers and fathers refer to their sons and daughters as children, even though they range in age from 18-40.

This support group is facilitated by the Parent Support Groups of New Jersey, Inc. For more information, please call (973) 399-9070; (800) 561-4299 or visit:


Held every Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Chapel at Carrier Clinic, The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

This support group is facilitated by Al-Anon.
For questions about Al-Anon, please contact the South Jersey Information Service at 856-547-0855 or visit or

Community Education Series

Throughout the year, Carrier provides free educational seminars on a variety of topics to the community. Recent topics have included: Latest Prescription Medications for Mental Health, Holiday Grief, Parenting issues, Stress, Anxiety, Identifying suicidal behavior, and more.

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