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Connect with crisis counseling and groups for support

Through individual and group counseling, the NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program at the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is offering free emotional support, guidance, information, referrals, and COVID-19 resources for anyone who has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Services are free, confidential, and virtual.  The program serves anyone from a school-age child to an adult, or senior citizen. Examples of people who may benefit from the program include:

  •  Parents who are home-schooling their children
  • Children who are adjusting to homeschooling or hybrid learning
  • Teens or college students who are not attending school or on campus learning regularly
  • Senior citizens who are cut off from families due to health concerns
  • Essential workers who are constantly at risk due to exposure
  • Anyone who has lost their job, a loved one, or the opportunity to celebrate an achievement or milestone

Individual Crisis Counseling Program:

Individual counseling is available for people feeling anxious about COVID-19. It’s free, confidential and virtual. Just call between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.: 973-509-9777, ext. 151, or email

COVID-19 Support Group:

For many, this has been a time of great uncertainty and anxiety. The Crisis Counseling Program team is offering a support group for anyone emotionally impacted by COVID-19. This is a weekly, open, drop-in group.

Wednesdays from 2:00 pm. – 3:00 p.m. on Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

To join the COVID-19 Support Group, please click this reoccurring link: or dial 1-929-205-6099, meeting ID: 992 4335 6990 and passcode: 537656

After School Chat & Craft:

These groups were created in direct response to the changes, uncertainty, and stress brought on by the pandemic. These groups are a safe space for children ages 7-12, and teens ages 13-18 to chat, create, and de-stress. Registration is required: call 973-509-9777 ext. 151 or email

After School Chat & Craft, Ages 7-12:

Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

After School Chat & Craft, Ages 13-18:

Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., on Jan. 1, 14, 21 and 28.

Consumer Thursday:

A safe space where those who receive mental health services from MHA can come together, connect, and discuss any concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an open, drop-in group.

Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., on Jan. 14, 21 and 28.

To join Consumer Thursday, please click this reoccurring link: or dial 1-929-205-6099, meeting ID: 999 3242 1553 and passcode: 924328

Fun Zone Friday:

A virtual activity group for individuals ages 18 and up. This group, which meets twice a month, is a fun and interactive way to connect with others using art and games.

Fridays from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., on  Jan. 15 and 29.

Click this link to join Fun Zone Friday:, meeting ID: 973 1927 7170 and passcode: 962103

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These programs are made possible through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 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.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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