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Counseling, discussion groups for anyone impacted by COVID-19

NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Options are Virtual, Free and Confidential

NEW JERSEY – The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris is offering three options for 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. Anyone impacted by COVID-19 can participate. 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

The Holiday Discussion Group, on Zoom, Mondays from 5-6 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99093083986?pwd=cHUzSCt2cmhwOUZXUTJ2ckpRQmxjUT09,
Meeting ID: 990 9308 3986
Password: 384926

Connection is Just a Click Away Discussion Group, on Zoom, every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99243356990?pwd=b0duS3lNU3R4YXd4TE1PVDk0aEIrUT09
Meeting ID: 992 4335 6990
Password: 537656

Individual Crisis Counseling Program for people feeling anxious about COVID-19; free, confidential and virtual. Just call between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.: 973-509-9777, ext 171, or email Gpalmer@mhaessexmorris.org.

Free emotional support helpline during COVID-19 for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Sign language users can communicate with access of St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson. Call 973-870-0677  VP, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

En Espanol: Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, su salud mental es vital. Solicite apoyo emocional gratuito de personal capacitado; 7 dias por semana de 8 am a 8 pm. 866-202-Help (4357).

Programs are funded by Funded by FEMA/SAMHSA. Providing services to vulnerable populations is a MHAEM specialty.

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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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