Mental Health and Social Services Resources

With high levels of anxiety, as well as the isolation that comes from social distancing, everyone will need to take care of themselves not only physically but mentally.


The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties 

The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties (which serves all four counties in NJ-11) has information and helpful links for “Coping with COVID” on their website,, including resources for how to talk to your children about COVID-19 and links to virtual addiction recovery support groups. 


Click here for MHA CEO Bob Davidson's presentation from our telephone town hall on March 27, 2020.


Some of the ways the MHA suggests you help cope during this time are:

  • Connect with family and friends by phone, e-mail, or social media;
  • Partake in activities that are soothing: take a warm bath; practice deep breathing; cook comfort foods;
  • Distract yourself by doing activities that keep you busy: gardening; doing art work. Listen to music and watch comedy movies that will make you laugh and lighten your mood;
  • Limit your news and media intake;
  • Go out in the fresh air and take a walk. Walking is one of the best exercises to help mitigate anxiety;
  • Keep a schedule and stay as close to your typical routine as possible. This will help you to have a sense of control and bring some normalcy to your day;
  • Remember that THIS WILL COME TO AN END as every other pandemic that has ever happened in history has and that your lives will return again to normal.


New Jersey State Resources

Crisis Text Line: Text “NJ” to 741741


Family Helpline



Domestic Violence Hotline



NJ Mental Health Support Hotline



24 Hour NJ Sexual Violence Hotline



Youth Behavioral Health



Child Abuse Hotline



Children’s System of Care


2nd Floor Support for Youth



Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris:
Monday-Friday: 11am-2pm, Sunday-Saturday: 5pm-10pm

877-760-4987, 866-445-3902, 800-381-2059

Mental Health and COVID-19 Information and Resources


NewBridge Services Inc.

Morris, Passaic, and Sussex.

Now providing Telehealth mental health services. 




Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Resources:


SAVE of Essex County
Sexual Violence Services

24 hour Hotline: 1-877-733-2273


Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) 


Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (fondly referred to as S.O.F.I.A.) is a non profit organization that provides advocacy, supportive services and referrals for temporary housing to “at risk” women and children of domestic violence.

SOFIA Organization - Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates

Morris CARES
Sexual Violence Services
24 hour Sexual Assault Program Hotline: 973-829-0587

Sexual Assault Program - Atlantic Health


Rachel Coalition, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ 

Rachel Handbook Link: 

Rachel Handbook Link (Spanish):


Jersey Battered Women’s Services (JBWS)

24 Hour hotline: 1-877-R-U-ABUSED (1-877-782-2873)

Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Text 973-314-4192

JBWS is a private, nonprofit agency that provides safety, support and solutions for abuse for anyone who lives or works in primarily Morris County, NJ and faces the issues of intimate partner abuse. 

JBWS | Safety, Support & Solution for Abuse


Passaic County Women’s Center

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Services

24 hour hotline: 973-881-1450 

Sussex County Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI)
Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Services

DASI 24-hour hotline: 973-875-1211
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