Mental Health Resources
These are challenging times. Please know that you are not alone.
- New Jersey Mental Health Cares: 866-202-4357
- NJ Hopeline (24/7 Peer Support and Suicide Prevention Hotline): 1-855-654-6735
- Crisis Text Line (available 24/7): Text “NJ” to 741741
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572-7233
- Reach NJ Addictions Hotline: 844-732-2465
Mental Health America has prepared a list of various mental health resources related to coping with COVID-19.
Bereavement Support Groups
- Atlantic Health System: Coronavirus Grief and Loss Support Group
- Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm, starting April 22nd
- Meetings are virtual via Zoom and for those who lost a loved one due to Covid.
- To register call 862-260-3199 and press option 3, you will need to provide an email address to receive an invitation for the zoom meeting.
- NJ 2-1-1 List of Bereavement Support Groups
Stress Management Information
We all experience stress at some point, but sometimes the amount of stress can be overwhelming. Below are some tips that can help with managing stress.
- Exercise: Set aside time to exercise and find an exercise that you enjoy. Go for a walk/run, ride a bike, hike, do an online class or a workout video at home. It is recommended that adults get about 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Make sure to consume a healthy diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, etc. Visit choosemyplate.gov to make sure you are getting the right amount of servings from each food group and for more information.
- Find time to relax: Do something relaxing such as mediation, deep breathing, yoga, tai chi, or even take a nap.
- Manage your Time: Create a schedule and prioritize what you need to do each day.
- Do activities you enjoy: Spend some time doing an activity that you enjoy such as cooking, gardening, watching a movie, reading a book, listening to music, or drawing/painting. Try a new activity – you may discover something new that you enjoy doing.
- Laugh more: Laughter can help with reducing stress, consider watching a show that makes you laugh.
- Get enough sleep: Most adults need about 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep can help you focus and perform tasks better. If you are having trouble sleeping, visit the Sleep Foundation’s website at sleepfoundation.org for tips.
- Talk to others: Talk to friends/family members – when you can’t see them in person, you can communicate by phone or video chat.
For more information on stress related to COVID-19 visit CDC Stress and Coping.