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Who can I call if I’m feeling stressed or anxious during the COVID-19 outbreak?
The NJ MentalHealthCares Help Line offers counseling, emotional support, information and assistance in helping to get behavioral health services needed by you or a loved one. To access emotional support from trained specialists, New Jerseyans can text "NJHOPE" to 51684 or call 866-202-HELP (4357) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can call the hotline at 1-877-294-4356 TTY for support.
In addition, a free emotional support video helpline has been created to help deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans feeling the strain from the public health crisis. The helpline can be reached at 973-870-0677. Direct communication in sign language is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by live trained specialists.
If you are having suicidal thoughts call or text 988, or visit the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline to chat online with a trained crisis counselor.
Source: https://www.nj211.org/mental-health-resources; https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/news/pressreleases/2020/approved/20200429.html