Announcement: Mental Health Resources Available

Coping with Stress and Mental Health Concerns During the COVID-19 Crisis; Available Resources:

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood

Local County Mental Health – When you need mental health counseling or services you can call a community mental health agency in your area directly to arrange for an appointment. Many mental health agencies are listed in the telephone Yellow Pages under Mental Health Services, or you could call your local county office to locate an agency near you. For your local office contact information visit the NJ Mental Health Directory by County.

The Division of Mental Health funds about 120 private, not-for-profit community agencies to provide a full range of mental health services. You will not be denied services if you are unable to pay for service at these state-supported agencies – each of these agencies has a sliding fee scale based on your ability to pay. State of NJ Mental Health Hotline link.

Mental Health Telephone Support is available during COVID-19 outbreak. The State Helpline Offers Support to individuals experiencing anxiety and worry related to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

New Jerseyans feeling the emotional and mental toll of COVID-19 can now get support from NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, now also offers help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. This hotline will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists.

Experiencing suicidal thoughts call 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (855-654-6735)

NJ 2-1-1 helps people find solutions to personal needs by informing them of resources in their community. Connecting people to day care facilities, shelters, affordable housing units, social services, employment training programs, senior services, medical insurance, and more, click here.

Services for Military and Veterans – Veterans suffering from psychological or emotional distress as well as those having difficulty re-assimilating back into civilian life, help is available any time of the day or night. NJ Vet2Vet, is a toll-free helpline, 866 VETS-NJ4 (866.838.7654) coordinated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. This support is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Participants can use the live chat function on the website or communicate through email ([email protected]) if they prefer. NJ Vet2Vet provides veteran peer support, family support, case management, web-based peer support, live chat services and employment resources as well as referrals to a comprehensive network of mental health providers All services are free and confidential.

Outbreaks such as COVID-19 can be stressful and everyone acts differently to situations depending on your situation. The CDC also provides information on how to cope with stress. For more information, visit here.

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