Information & Referral
Information & Referral is available by calling 973-509-9777 in Essex County or 973-344-3496 in Morris County. Highly qualified mental health professionals will provide compassionate, confidential linkages to service providers who can help you or your loved one with whatever issue is prompting you to seek help.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training curriculum that teaches people to recognize the symptoms of a mental health crisis as well as appropriate strategies for intervening and providing help. It is available to community-based organizations, church groups and others in both Essex and Morris Counties. Due to the pandemic, this program is currently not available.
Mental Health Faith Liaison Program
Interfaith Resource Network is comprised of approximately 30 Houses of Worship throughout Morris County who provide client assistance based on individual consumer needs. MHA reaches out to this generous network of supporters on a case-by-case basis and creates opportunities for congregations to provide material support for impoverished neighbors in recovery from mental illness.
The Mental Health Faith Support Fund allows congregants and their clergy to obtain free, short term professional mental health services from the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris directly in their house of worship. Up to three sessions of assistance are available for clergy and/or congregants that are part of our network.
The Interfaith Clergy Peer Support Group provides mental health training to local clergy who may be dealing with congregants facing mental health issues as well as networking opportunities.
Mental Health Players
The Mental Health Players is a group of volunteer performers who use theatrical improvisation and role playing to bring the realities of mental illness to life. A unique, interactive resource that is available for performances at community groups, civic organizations or religious institutions, the Mental Health Players have been recognized by the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma. Due to the pandemic, all performances are currently not available.
Peer-to-Peer Support Line
Peer-to-Peer Support Line is a ‘warm-line’ for non-crisis support, assistance and reassurance/understanding. Available 365 days a year from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Funded by the county, the Peer-to-Peer support line is manned by peers who have made significant progress with their wellness and recover and understand the challenges you may be facing. It also serves as a vocational opportunity for consumers looking to return to the workplace. Peer-to-Peer Support can be reached by calling 1-877-760-4987 or 1-866-445-3902 or 1-800-381-2059. *NEW EXTENDED HOURS to provide additional support to help you relax and cope due to COVID-19: 1-877-760-4987, Monday- Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This is not a crisis line. If you are in crisis, call the psychiatric emergency service at your local hospital.
Community Companions Program
A Community Companion is a volunteer who is matched with someone in the community who is living with a mental illness. Volunteers complete a training program and then commit two hours a week for a minimum of three months to spend quality time with their match. The program encourages routine social activities that focus on aspects of the consumer’s life beyond their mental health status. To get involved or if you know someone who might need a companion, call 973-334-3496 x517. Due to the pandemic, this program is currently not available.
Edna’s Haven is a drop in Resource Center at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dover, Mondays through Fridays from 1pm to 5pm. Edna’s Haven provides information and referral, financial assistance, linkages to services, and more. Health screenings, computer access, veteran’s services and job fairs are also available at times throughout the year as well as soup kitchen services and a food pantry.
Because of COVID-19, Edna’s Haven is no longer able to allow congregation at the drop in center, only outside during Edna’s hours after food distribution, for immediate case management. Anyone in need of immediate case management assistance can call 973-479-6206 to speak to the drop in center coordinator. Meals are being served through the soup kitchen between 11am and 12:30pm Monday through Friday. Edna’s Haven staff is coordinating the daily food distribution and can provide additional food, hygiene products and referrals to other resources between 1pm and 5pm. Edna’s Haven is also a mail center for individuals that do not have an address to receive mail. Mail can be picked up by appointment Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 1pm and 5pm.
Intensive Family Support Services
The Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) provides support for individuals who have an adult family member with mental illness. Caring for someone who has a mental illness may be physically and emotionally stressful, stigmatizing, and isolating. These stressors cause feelings of frustration, embarrassment, resentment, grief, and anger. IFSS provides supportive counseling, family support groups, psychoeducational workshops, advocacy and linkage on behalf of family members.
In response to CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, IFSS has been providing both individual and group services through virtual platforms including telehealth and telecommunication.
Families in the Emergency Support Team is a program designed to ease the anxiety and stress that families feel when they accompany a loved one to the emergency room. On site professional support along with education on hospital procedures and mental health is provided to families in the ER.
In response to CDC guidelines regarding the covid-19 pandemic, acute support is being provided to family members via phone support and telehealth.
Suicide Prevention Services (SPS)
Suicide Prevention Services’ (SPS) goal is to spread awareness on suicide prevention by offering educational presentations designed for schools, communities, and specialized groups such as law enforcement, first responders, and college professionals. For a full list of educational presentations we offer on suicide prevention, click here.
In addition, SPS also has two informative youth suicide prevention websites:
StopTeenSuicide.mhaessexmorris.org provides information on warning signs and practical ways to speak to a young person having suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, it features testimonials from young people who have attempted suicide and from those family and friends who have been impacted by those who have died by suicide.
YouAreNotAlone.mhaessexmorris.org provides guidance, comfort and hope to young people struggling with suicidal ideations, as well as coping strategies and important resources in the event they are in a crisis.