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The Corona virus has created such a sense of uncertainty, it is a natural response to feel increased anxiety and fear during these difficult times. However, it is not helpful to think in terms of worst case scenarios as it contributes to worry and a sense of dread. We must stay focused on self-care and safety. Now is a time to practice mindfulness, positive affirmations and self-talk. We need to come together for the common good and work with our neighbors and community to combat this pandemic.

Although during usual times of emergencies like this, people will often gather together, in this pandemic we are asked to practice social distancing which can contribute to a sense of isolation or loneliness. This is why now, more than ever, it is important to watch over not only your mental health, but that of your loved-ones as well. So many of our partners have put together some great information to help us cope with our stress and stay positive and calm in this difficulty and lonely time. We will be updating this list as we find additional valuable information, so please check back regularly for more!

Please see the following article that highlights some great ways to manage your stress and keep us emotionally healthy:

COVID-19 Hotlines, Helplines and New Jersey Information:

New Jersey COVID-19 Information

Or text NJCOVID to 892-211

New Jersey Statewide Resource List

CPC Behavioral Healthcare

Monmouth County Health Department Phone Bank: 732-845-2070

Disaster Response Crisis Counselors will be answering calls from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

NJ COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline: 1-866-202-HELP(4357)

Operated by NJ Mental Health Cares and offering support to individuals experiencing anxiety and worry due to Coronavirus. Calls will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Ocean County COVID-19 Resident Hotline: 732-341-9700 ext. 7411

Ocean County Health Department

For Youth:

Community Mental Health Resources During Quarantine

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Letter to My Future Self During COVID-19

Social distancing self-reflection activity. Created by Jacqueline Soboti, LCSW.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

NPR

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

When the Worst Happens: Loss In Isolation

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

For Parents:

How to Survive being Quarantined with Your Kids

The Mindful Mama Podcast

Keeping Your House Disinfected

Safehome.org

March Madness or Sadness? Dealing with Disappointment Due to COVID-19 Cancellations

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The New Work/Life Balance: When the Office and School Come Home

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Psychological Resources Related to Covid-19

Cleveland Clinic Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health

Talking to Your Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

National Association of School Psychologists

Supporting Children and Adolescents Isolated Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Louisiana State University Health

When the Worst Happens: Loss In Isolation

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

For Educators & Counselors:

Letter to My Future Self During COVID-19

Social distancing self-reflection activity. Created by Jacqueline Soboti, LCSW.

Support and Resources for Crisis Counselors During the COVID-19 Crisis

American Association of Suicidology

When the Worst Happens: Loss In Isolation

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide