Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
MHA of Essex-Morris and NewBridge Services Offer Assistance
As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to climb and with workplaces and schools closed, anxiety is on the rise. It is important during this time, to take care of ourselves physically and mentally. As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week, “we have to find some peace” in dealing with this situation for an extended time.
For those who are struggling, you can find assistance online site or by phone. For example, NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, has set up a helpline for people dealing with anxiety and worry.
Morris County residents can call 866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists.
Also, you can Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services or SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 that provides 24/7, 365-day-a- year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris has compiled a list of tips and resources to assist individuals and families with self-care.
Ways to Cope
Mental Health and COVID-19 Resources
Also, NewBridge Services is offering some excellent advice on dealing with the situation. Visit them online to get help on how not to panic during this crisis. Some tips from NewBridge:
How Not To Panic