New Text Line in NJ for Coronavirus Stress
If you live in New Jersey and are feeling stressed or anxious because of the coronavirus crisis, there's a new way for you to get the help you need, according to NJ.com.
First of all, please know you are not alone. Many people are feeling the mental effects of this pandemic, even if you haven't actually gotten COVID-19. The stress of the unknown is taking its toll. Thankfully, a New Jersey mental health group has set up a new text line to give you ways to cope, so you can start to feel like yourself again.
The group is the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, and right now you can text them to gain access to mental health professionals for your emotional needs. This new service is a part of the New Jersey Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling program.
If you think you need help, here's what to do: If you live in New Jersey, you can text NJHOPE to 51684 between 8am - 8pm. If you text after 8pm, you will receive a response the next day, don't worry. If you need ongoing help, you can choose to opt-in for long term help.
The President of the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, Carolyn Beauchamp, said in the NJ.com article, “The emotional needs of New Jersey residents have increased and intensified. Many people find it hard to take that first step to ask for emotional support. The ability to text or call enables each person to choose the communications medium that is most comfortable for him or her. This can make a huge difference for some folks who are hesitant to ask for help.”
If you'd rather call, the number is 866-202-HELP (4357).