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Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Don’t Go It Alone!

The stress of dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, whether it be medical, economic, or familial, is taking a toll on the mental health of many Morris County residents.COVID-19: Mental Health Support is Available -- Talk to Professionals for Free

Mental health experts say that everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and  the community you live in.

If you are concerned about your mental health of the mental health of someone you care about, NJ. Mental Health Cares offers free telephone counseling, emotional support, information and assistance — all confidential.

Morris County residents can call 866-202-HELP (4357) to speak to a trained specialist from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Also, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services or SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 provides 24/7, 365-day-a- year crisis counseling and support.COVID-19: Mental Health Support is Available -- Talk to Professionals for Free

The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris has compiled a list of tips and resources to assist with self-care.

  • Connect with family and friends by phone, e-mail, or social media.
  • Partake in activities that are soothing: a warm bath; deep breathing; cook comfort foods.
  • Distract yourself with activities that keep you busy: gardening; art work; music and comedy movies to make you laugh and lighten your mood.
  • Limit news and media intake.
  • Get outside and take a walk. Walking is one of the best exercises to help mitigate anxiety.
  • Keep a schedule and stay as close to your typical routine as possible.
  • Remember that THIS WILL COME TO AN END and that your lives will return again to normal.

Mental Health and COVID-19 Resources

  1. Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
  2. Mental Health Resources
  3. Online Recovery Meetings
  4. Resources for Arts & Entertainment
  5. Educational Resources
  6. Resources for Health & Wellness
  7. Faith Based Resources

Also, NewBridge Services offers excellent advice. Visit them online  to get help on how not to panic during this crisis.

How Not To Panic

  • a stop sign that says Don't PanicTake deep calming breaths and exhale slowly
  • Limit your exposure to graphic news stories
  • Get accurate, timely information from reliable sources
  • Maintain your normal routine as much as possible
  • Eat well and rest
  • Stay active physically and mentally
  • Stay in touch with family and friends
  • Find comfort in spiritual and personal beliefs
  • Keep a sense of humor
  • Share concerns with others
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption