Mental Health during Covid-19

The outbreak of Covid-19 has been universally stressful — and the word “pandemic” itself creates anxiety.

The longer-term nature of the outbreak has meant significant changes to long-held routines and behaviors. With the added requirements to wear masks and to continue to stay apart from friends and relatives, many are struggling to find balance.

It’s important to take care of yourself and find ways to reduce your stress level and support your mental health — and to help your family do the same. These resources may help:

Essex County also offers a resource page for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services and Other Resources.

Resources for Living with Mental Illness

Those living with existing mental illness may find their conditions worsening during this time. These guides provide advice and information on where to reach out for help. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 9-1-1, text 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line, or call/text one of the lines listed here.

Resources for Children and Families

These free, downloadable resources can help parents communicate with kids about Covid-19.

Resources for Older Adults

Click here to find information about cognitive health, friendship & mental health, and elder abuse.

Resources for Healthcare Workers

Heal NJ Healthcare Workers provides helpline services that are available from 8:00am-8:00pm 7 days a week to provide Covid-19 crisis counseling support to healthcare workers. 

Nurse 2 Nurse provides helpline peer support services from Monday-Friday from 8:00am-8:00pm.

Coping with Covid-19 Support Groups

RWJ Barnabas Health: Hope and Healing Program is offering a variety of free virtual weekly support groups to provide emotional support to assist with coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.

MHA of Essex and Morris is offering a variety of free virtual support groups for adults, children, and teens to assist with the coping with the pandemic.  Individual counseling services and other mental health resources are available as well.

Covid Connections Support Group is being offered by NJ Hope and Healing and MHA of Essex and Morris.  The group is to provide support to those who are still experiencing the physical and emotional symptoms due to Covid-19.

MHANJ NJ Hope and Healing is offering a variety of free Covid-19 support groups during the month of December 2021.

MHANJ and PEWS MHANJ and PEWS is offering a variety of support groups serving families of color impacted by Covid-19 in December.

United By Wellness through the Mental Health Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Health is offering a variety of free support groups and wellness workshops.  To register for any of the groups click here

Care Plus NJ is offering free support services for families of a loved one who is struggling with addiction.  For more information please see the flyer: Care Plus NJ Flyer (PDF)

Find Treatment Near You

SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) allows you to search for mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment facilities near you.

Rutgers: Covid Connect Rutgers Mental Health and Addiction Covid Connect provides assistance in finding treatment for mental health and/or substance abuse near you.

Bereavement Support Groups

If you have experienced the death of a loved one during this time, there is support available.

Visit our Mental Health page for more information and resources for crisis situations, children, veterans, and stress.