Mental Health

Bilingual Services:
Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, Bridgewater 908-725-2800
Isabel Flores – Call 908-253-3165 for intake, ask for Isabel Flores to be counselor

School District Guidance Website
District websites:
https://sites.google.com/mtsd.us/schoolcounselingk-4resources/home

Internet Access Resources
https://www.wyff4.com/article/spectrum-to-offer-students-free-internet-amid-covid-19-school-closures/31664071 

Comprehensive Social Services Resources:
https://www.pioneerfsc.com/resourcesinfo
https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/government/affiliated-agencies/social-services 
Perform Care 1-877-652-7624
https://www.performcarenj.org/families/index.aspx

Area Food Banks:
https://recreation.montgomery.nj.us/food-pantry/
https://www.somersetfoodbank.org/need-help/pantries-and-warehouses/
http://www.feedinghandspantry.org

Self-Help Resources to Keep You Healthy During COVID-19 
https://www.bravowell.com/clevelandclinic/covid-19

Mental Health Resources:

Mindful Activities/Stress Reduction Videos
3 Part Breath Tutorial- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xoEH-zluuo
Calming 4-8 Breath- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtvAXbFM_rc
Spinal Twist- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwAkRrqbXo8
Calming the Parasympathetic Nervous System- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FpKpW0EhYo 

Self-Care Strategies for Resilience During COVID-19
https://health.montgomery.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Self-Care-Strategies-for-Resilience-During-COVID-19.pdf

Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks:
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
https://theconversation.com/7-science-based-strategies-to-cope-with-coronavirus-anxiety-133207
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-TeachersDuring-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/SMA14-4886

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks:
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Coping-with-Stress-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/sma14-4885
https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/5-ways-to-cope-with-the-news
https://www.calmmoment.com/wellbeing/how-to-cope-when-the-news-makes-you-feel-stressedand-depressed/ 
National Alliance on Mental Illness – https://www.nami.org/covid-19-guide

Talk Space – Online Therapy
https://www.talkspace.com/

Good Grief – Assistance for Grieving Children and Families 
https://good-grief.org/

Help Lines

Who Cares? We do! NJ Mental Health Cares is NJ’s behavioral health information and referral service. Toll Free line  877-294-HELP (4357), M-F 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Email: https://www.njmentalhealthcares.org/contact/, TTY line for the deaf and hearing impaired is (877) 294-4356.  If you are having an emotional crisis, call 24/7 local Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS) Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Somerville at: 908-526-4100  24/7

2nd Floor Youth Helpline (Call or text): 888-222-2228

NJ Hopeline: 855-654-6735
Crisis Text Line: Text 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Youth 24 HOUR CRISIS Intervention 
IMMEDIATE DANGER THREAT – CALL 911

IF:

  • Suicidal • Homicidal • Destroying Property • Psychotic (any age)
    CALL: Bridgeway/P.E.S.S. Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service 908-526-4100
  • Family Conflict • Runaway Behavior • School Refusal • Human Trafficking (ages 0-17)
    CALL F.C.I.U. Family Crisis Intervention Unit 908-704-6330
  • Child Abuse, Neglect • Ensuring Child Safety & Well-Being (ages 0-17)
    CALL D.C.P. & P. Division of Child Protection & Permanency 877-NJ-ABUSE
  • Emotional or Behavioral Crisis • Immediate In-Home Outreach (ages 3-21)
    CALL M.R.S.S. Mobile Response Stabilization Services Perform Care 877-652-7624

Additional Activities & Resources

Challenge Journal
Character Strengths Bingo
Connecting with Others
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
Creating Healthy Routines
Eliminating Toxic Influences
Finding the Positive After Loss
Growth Mindset Poster
Mindset Finder – Fortune Teller
Owning Your Feelings
Supporting Others
Wear Your Character Strengths Wristbands