Emotional Well-Being for COVID-19
(free, confidential, and virtual services for all ages)
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.
Need one-on-one support? Contact us to virtually meet with a crisis counselor.
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.
Looking to connect with others? Join our support groups to connect with others in the community. See our group descriptions below.
– COVID Connections Support Group: Have you recovered from COVID-19, tested negative, and yet still continue to experience symptoms that will not go away? These symptoms can have an emotional, psychological and physical impact on our lives. Share your experiences with us weekly during our COVID Connections Support Group. This open, drop-in group meets every Tuesday from 7PM-8PM.
Click here to join. Meeting ID: 933 9987 2371 Passcode: 339661
– Unwind with Us: Do you love to crochet, knit, or just love telling stories? If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, no problem! Either way, please grab some yarn or another textile and join us for an hour of self-care as we work, chat, and support each other during this uncertain time. This open, drop-in group meets every Tuesday from 5PM-6PM.
-Gratitude Flag Project: In the Unwind with Us group, we will be creating flags to represent our newfound hope, strength, and resilience from the COVID-19 pandemic. Connect with others in the community. Create something meaningful using materials found in your home centered on the idea of gratitude and hope.
Click here to join. Meeting ID: 970 9406 1309 Passcode: 133932
– 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 safe spaces for children ages 7-12, and teens ages 13-18 to chat, create, and de-stress. Registration is required for these groups. To register, call 973-509-9777 ext. 151 or email email@example.com.
After School Chat & Craft (Ages 7-12) WEDNESDAYS 3:30PM-4:15PM and 4:30PM-5:15PM
After School Chat & Craft (Ages 13-18) THURSDAYS 3:30PM-4:15PM
– Consumer Thursday: A safe space where those who receive mental health services can come together, connect, and discuss any concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. This open, drop-in group meets every Thursday from 5PM-6PM.
Click here to join. or Dial 1-929-205-6099 Meeting ID: 999 3242 1553 Passcode: 924328
– Fun Zone Friday: A virtual activity group for individuals ages 18 and up. This group, which meets twice a month on Fridays from 4PM-5PM, is a fun and interactive way to connect with others using art and games. For more information on our groups and which specific days we meet, visit our calendar.
Click here to join. Meeting ID: 973 1927 7170 Passcode: 962103
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.
Call: 973-509-9777 ext. 151
Mon. – Fri. from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.