Emotional Well-Being for COVID-19

(free, confidential, and virtual services for all ages)
Call 973-509-9777

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NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program at MHAEM

The NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) at the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is here to serve anyone from a school-age child to an adult, or senior citizen, who has been emotionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All of our services are virtual, confidential, and free as this program is funded by FEMA/SAMHSA. 

We are a neighbor helping neighbor team with staff available to provide the following services to individuals, families, and groups within the community: 

        • Emotional support
        • Stress management
        • Connecting to resources
        • Develop new coping skills and communication techniques

This program is brought to you through the New Jersey Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP). The CCP is provided by Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc. in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch, and is funded through a FEMA/SAMHSA grant. 


Individual Counseling

Need one-on-one support? Contact us to virtually meet with a crisis counselor. 


Family Counseling

Looking for emotional support for you and your family during this time? Contact us to virtually meet with a crisis counselor to learn coping skills and effective communication techniques.

Support Groups

Looking to connect with others? Join our support groups to connect with others in the community. See our group descriptions below. 

– Consumer Tuesday & Thursday: Supportive spaces where those who receive mental health services can: connect with others in a friendly, casual atmosphere, discuss any concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, and engage in self-care activities.

These open, drop-in groups meet every Tuesday from 4:30pm-5:30pm on Zoom and every Thursday from 6:30pm-8pm in-person. All are welcomed to join both groups!

To join Consumer Tuesdays, please click this reoccurring link: https://zoom.us/j/94720468733?pwd=dXhKaUFTT1BIcTFnVkRRMFZzdFhlQT09

OR Dial 1-929-205-6099 
Meeting ID:  947 2046 8733 Passcode: 732335

Join us in-person every Thursday from 6:30pm-8pm in the back parking lot of the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris building located at 33 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042.


– After School Chat & Craft: These groups were created in direct response to the changes, uncertainty, and stress brought on by the pandemic. The After School Chat & Crafts are a safe space for children, and teens to chat, create, and de-stress. No previous art experience needed. Registration is required for these groups. To register, please contact Genaya Palmer at 973-509-9777 ext. 151 or email gpalmer@mhaessexmorris.org.

After School Chat & Craft: Ceramics Edition (Ages 9-13) MONDAYS 3:30PM-4:30PM
• Youth ages 9-13 connect, create, and de-stress using clay (limited space available)
• Facilitated by Heidi Woo, Occupational Therapist and Ceramicist, and Art Therapists from MHAEM’s CCP Team
• Every Monday from 3:30PM-4:30PM – September 27th – November 1st 2021

After School Chat & Craft (Ages 7-12) WEDNESDAYS 4:30PM-5:30pm
• Facilitated by Art Therapists from MHAEM’s CCP Team
• Every Wednesday from 4:30PM-5:30PM – September 22nd – December 15th 2021

After School Chat & Craft (Ages 13-18) THURSDAYS 4:30PM-5:30pm
• Facilitated by Art Therapists from MHAEM’s CCP Team
• Every Thursday from 4:30PM-5:30PM – September 23rd – December 16th 2021


– Mindfulness, Movement, and Meditation Series for Caregivers with Donna Scro Samori: Donna is a certified yoga teacher, dance professor, and MSW graduate student. She brings her love of mindfulness, movement, and mental health together in this 6-week series for caregivers. Whether you care for children, teens, parents, pets, or plants, you may find yourself giving more than you are receiving especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may be time to fill your cup. This series is created so you can carve out time and space for self-care. It will consist of mindfulness techniques and tools, easy movement and stretching, and relaxing guided visualizations.

Join us every Thursday at 9:00AM from September 23rd – October 28th 2021 via Zoom.
Registration is required for this 6-week virtual series. To register, please contact Genaya Palmer at 973-509-9777 ext. 151 or email gpalmer@mhaessexmorris.org.

Workshops, Presentations & Events

Through community connections, we provide education, information, and resources to help your team, organization, or group combat emotional turmoil from the pandemic. With our workshops and presentations, we have assisted various schools, colleges, parents, libraries, and other community agencies. Each workshop and presentation are tailored to meet the needs of your organization or agency. Contact us for more information.  

Quick Tips & Tricks for Coping with COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases rise and fluctuate, the pandemic has caused much anxiety and pandemic fatigue. Now more than ever it is important to take care of ourselves physically and mentally.  

We have compiled a list of tips and suggestions to assist individuals and families with self-care.


        • Connect with family and friends: by phone, video chat, or group chats. 
        • Incorporate exercise: going for a walk outside or at the park, yoga, using weights, streaming Zumba videos/classes.  
        • Embrace nature: going out for walks, or within CDC guidelines, organize a social distance walk with friends at the park. 
        • Relaxing Activities: take a warm bath, read, practice deep breathing, gardening, arts and crafts, learn a new hobby, or play a board game with your family. 
        • Eat a well-balanced diet: incorporate fruits and vegetables into your meals. 
        • Sleep: linked to immune system health, can boast your mood.  
        • Limit your screen time as well as news and social media intake
        • Control what is realistically within your power: feeling out of control can cause anxiety and hopelessness.  
        • Create a daily schedule/routine for yourself and your family: gives a sense of control and brings some normalcy to your day. 
        • Practice mindfulness: be fully present, aware of where you are and what you’re doing. Click here to watch/listen to our mindfulness videos.
        • Remember: there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This will come to an end, as every pandemic that has ever happened in history has.  
        • Lastly: Continue to follow CDC guidelines and remember to practice self-care.
Contact Us

Call: 973-509-9777 ext. 151
Text: 973-380-0507
Email: gpalmer@mhaessexmorris.org

Mon. – Fri. from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Check out our Mindfulness Monday videos. Posted every other Monday on our social media. 

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