Mental health is an important part of a comprehensive understanding of health and wellness.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (2-1-1 New Jersey’s Mental Health Resources)
The Livingston Health Department suggests the following resources to help you learn about and care for your mental health.
Please consult your healthcare provider for more information, recommendations/referrals, and resources.
Translation services available
NJ Hopeline (24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline)Specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24/7
Find a Screening/Crisis Center (NJ Department of Human Services)
No appointment needed. Mobile outreach teams available.
Free 24/7 support
24/7 free and confidential support
Resources for Children
- Children’s System of Care: 1-877-652-7624 – Call to find out about services for children and teens with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families.
- Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (NJ American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Hotlines and Helplines for Children and Families (NJ Department of Children and Families)
Resource for Veterans
NJ Vet2Vet (Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care) is a toll-free helpline for veterans suffering from psychological or emotional distress: 866-VETS-NJ4 (866-838-7654)
We all experience stress at some point, but sometimes the amount of stress can be overwhelming. Below are some tips that can help with managing stress.
- Exercise: Set aside time to exercise and find an exercise that you enjoy. Go for a walk/run, ride a bike, hike, do an online class or a workout video at home. It is recommended that adults get about 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Make sure to consume a healthy diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, etc. Visit choosemyplate.gov to make sure you are getting the right amount of servings from each food group and for more information.
- Find time to relax: Do something relaxing such as mediation, deep breathing, yoga, or tai chi, or even take a nap.
- Manage your Time: Create a schedule and prioritize what you need to do each day.
- Do activities you enjoy: Spend some time doing an activity that you enjoy such as cooking, gardening, watching a movie, reading a book, listening to music, or drawing/painting. Try a new activity – you may discover something new that you enjoy doing.
- Laugh more: Laughter can help with reducing stress, consider watching a show that makes you laugh.
- Get enough sleep: Most adults need about 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep can help you focus and perform tasks better. If you are having trouble sleeping, visit the Sleep Foundation’s website at sleepfoundation.org for tips.
- Talk to others: Talk to friends/family members – when you can’t see them in person, you can communicate by phone or video chat.
Support Groups: Bereavement
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, there is support available: NJ 2-1-1 Bereavement Support Groups
More Information & Resources
- NJ Department of Human Services: Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
- NJ 2-1-1: Mental Health Resources
- NJ Department of Children and Families: Resources for families, children & adolescents, women