The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced us to an unusual situation — social distancing.
Even though essential workers still clock in every day and many businesses remain open, some people’s reactions to feeling “trapped” in their own home can cause panic, depression, and mental distress.
Many can cope by reading a book or by video chatting with family and friends, but others may need additional help to get through the situation.
Nurse Director of Behavioral Health Krystal Sagers, MSN, MAJ, RN-BC, said there are many hotlines and websites available to those affected mentally during the COVID-19 crisis.
“We shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to a counselor if we need to talk about how the COVID-19 situation is affecting us mentally,” she said. “There are many great resources out there for those in need of support.”
Here is a list of local, state, and national organizations that can help:
– NJMentalHealthCares free helpline. Call 866-202-HELP (4357).
– CDC Disaster Distress Helpline. Call 1-800-985-5990.
– New Jersey COVID-19 Hotline. Call 1-800-222-1222.
– Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive information via text message.
– Tri-State Canine Response Team, Virtual Therapy Dog Sessions on Facebook Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays @TriStateK9CRT.
– Mental Health Association in New Jersey weekly email newsletter at mhanj.org.