Join us to #BreakTheStigma in Hunterdon County!

Mental Health Disorders and Substance Use Disorders are like any other health conditions.

As residents of Hunterdon County, it is our goal to eliminate shame, stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health disorders and substance use disorders. 

Join us on Saturday, September 10th at 11:00am at Kingwood Township Park to support the members of our community!

Goodie Bag Pickup will be at the event. If you are hosting your own walk please contact Amanda Kovacs to coordinate a pick up time:

Can’t make it? Walk on your own and send your time and pictures to Paige Ewing-

Alcohol Use and Mental Health Disorders

People with alcohol dependency are more at risk of suicide, have higher levels of depressive and affective problems, schizophrenia and personality disorders.


2/3 of alcohol-dependent individuals entering treatment show evidence of anxiety, sadness, depression and/or manic-like symptoms.


People have 7x increased risk for a suicide attempt soon after drinking alcohol, and this risk increases to 37x after heavy use of alcohol.

Risk for Children

Parental alcohol use disorders are associated with a higher risk of their children developing depression in adulthood.

Cannabis Use and Mental Health Disorders

People that regularly use cannabis are more at risk of hallucinations, changes in mood, amnesia, depersonalization, paranoia, delusion and disorientation.


Cannabis use is associated with the development of schizophrenia and other psychoses (loss of reality). The risk is highest for the most frequent users.


Long-term cannabis users are more likely to develop social anxiety disorder than non-users.

Worsening Symptoms

Frequent and long-term cannabis use may be linked to worsened symptoms in individuals with bipolar disorder.

Opioid Use and Mental Health Disorders

Opioid use is very common among people with mental health conditions. A reverse relationship also exists, with some evidence suggesting that opioid use can contribute to symptoms of a mental health condition.

Over prescription

Adults with mental health conditions receive 51.4% (60 million of 115 million prescriptions) of the total opioid prescriptions distributed in the United States each year.

Mood disorders

Adults with mood disorders are around twice as likely to take opioid medications for long periods, than those with no mental health conditions.


Between 8.4 and 11.6% of people who used opioids for 1 to 30 days developed depression within the 12 months following their opioid use.

Sources: World Health Organization. (‎2018)‎. Global status report on alcohol and health 2018. World Health Organization. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO

Cornah, Dr. Deborah. Edited by Celia Richardson, Mental Health Foundation, 2006, pp. 22–24, Cheers? Understanding the Relationship between Alcohol and Mental Health.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Davis MA, Lin LA, Liu H, Sites BD. Prescription Opioid Use among Adults with Mental Health Disorders in the United States. J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 Jul-Aug;30(4):407-417. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2017.04.170112. PMID: 28720623.

Halbert, Brian T et al. “Disproportionate longer-term opioid use among U.S. adults with mood disorders.” Pain vol. 157,11 (2016): 2452-2457. doi:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000650

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