Coping with Stress and Anxiety/COVID-19 Resources

For parents

Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include 

·  Excessive crying or irritation in younger children

·  Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)

·  Excessive worry or sadness

·  Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits

·  Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens

·  Poor school performance or avoiding school

·  Difficulty with attention and concentration

·  Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past

·  Unexplained headaches or body pain

·  Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

There are many things you can do to support your child 

·  Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.

·  Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.

·  Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.

·  Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.

·  Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreak

NASP- Talking to Children about COVID-19

A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning​​​​​​​

Helping Children Cope -  from the CDC

Psychology Today- Talking to children about the Coronavirus

New York Times -  Keeping families well

Essential Needs/Services

NJ Residents can apply through the Diabetes Foundation for a two week emergency insulin kit.

Interfaith Food Pantry

They have changed the way they are distributing food. They are now offering drive-by service at both of their pantries. They continue to deliver food to their Mobile Network partners with proper precautions.

Guiding you in the Right Direction During COVID-19 (Resource Guide)

JBWS- Jersey Battered Women's Service

Their helpline is still available 24/7 at 1-877-R-U-ABUSED. The statewide hotline is also available at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233), and can help direct survivors to the resources closest to them. READ MORE

Morris County Human Services

Their website provides latest updates on County related services.

Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs

All three locations will be closed until further notice. They are still available via voicemail, email, social media, and through their website.

NJDOL Benefits and the Coronavirus (COVID-19):What Employees Should Know

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the outbreak.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Updates

WIC (Women Infants and Children) has provided a list of items that recipients can substitute if they are unable to find approved items.

Zufall Health Centers are permitted to continue providing essential health  care services to their patients and community. To schedule an appointment at a Zufall location nearest you, visit for hours of operation and contact information.

Mental Health Services

Atlantic Behavioral Health, including the Child and Adolescent Department and Morris CARES (Sexual Assault Center of Morris County who serves youth aged 13+) are doing telehealth sessions from home (video or phone depending on accessibility). They are still taking intakes. Intakes for regular behavioral health can be scheduled through the 

AHS Access Line (888-247-1400). Morris CARES takes self referral through their office line (973-971-4754) which they are checking the voicemail regularly. 

Morris CARES Hotline is still available for survivors 24/7 (973-829-5087).

However, their advocates are not responding in person to police or hospital accompaniments when someone is assaulted. They will be available for support by phone. The Atlantic Behavioral Health Crisis Line will also be available (973-540-0100) for other mental health issues. 

CAP Program at the Center for Evaluation and Counseling, Inc.

All parents have been contacted and all have agreed to let their children attend group via teletherapy, specifically Zoom. All parents have been sent forms via e-mail to initial and sign agreeing to the terms and conditions and giving written consent. 

For those that do not have email capabilities, they are accepting verbal consent and

documenting their consent in their files until such time that they are able to come to the office to physically sign the paperwork.  READ MORE

Daytop Outpatient Services are open. In Morris County for Telehealth and In-Person Services contact Phyllis Courtney at 973.539.5764 x 6025.

Deirdre's House continues to offer therapy via telemedicine technology for CURRENT clients only. No new intakes are being conducted at this time. That will be revisited if the shutdown is extended past school's spring break in mid-April. Forensic interviews by MCPO and DCP&P continue at the center.

Edge Pride Center has suspended all support groups at this time but can be reached by phone at 973-285-0006.

Family Intervention Services FIS/CFS will continue to provide services to their families via tele health (following the guidelines outlined by DCF). In addition, their staff are all working remotely. Effective March 27, 2020 at 5 pm their offices in both Morris and Sussex will be closed, but their administrative office in East Orange will remain open. They can continue to receive referrals and will continue to work

with all their system partners. Their staff have cell phones and laptops to enable them to provide the same level of care. READ MORE

High Focus is offering telehealth videoconferencing at all of their locations allowing access to group, individual, medication management, PHP and IOP.

Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties is educating the community with information videos and links on their website. They are also providing support through their Information and Referral Service. 

NewBridge Services continues to provide mental health care and other programs during the COVID-19 crisis. For the health and safety of clients and staff, face to face sessions have been halted and have moved to telephonic telehealth. Clients of their outpatient counseling, adult day treatment programs, NewBridge Senior Assistance for Independent Living, NewBridge@Home, and NewBridge Jobs

Plus have been notified about the change in service format. READ MORE

St. Clare's Counseling Services

 is open for business at all sites with a combination of telephone / video options based on what the consumer has available. 

They are accepting new intakes: 1-888-626-2111

Child Protection and Permanency

Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P)

At this time visitation and all field visits have been suspended. An “Impact Team” will respond to intakes on a priority basis. Division employees will be working off site with a small staff remaining in the office and available via telephone and/or email only. State referral hotline remains full operational.  HOTLINE: 877-NJ ABUSE Children's System of Care PerformCare continues to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week — 1-877-652-7624


Mobile Response continues to providing crisis stabilization services, case management and implementation of in-home therapeutic services for children and their families. They are using a video and audio platform to connect and support with all our families. At this time, face to face sessions have been temporarily suspended. They are available 24/7, 365 days a week. Please contact Performacare at 1-877-652-7624.

Caring Partners of Morris/Sussex, Inc. (Care Management Organization) 

continues to provide care coordination for youth and families. Care Managers are using video and audio  platforms to connect with youth, families, service providers and system partners.  Caring Partners continues to maintain and update 

Please contact Maria Augustowicz at 973-770-5505 ext 102 if you need further assistance.

Family Partners of Morris and Sussex (Family Support Organization) 

They have transitioned to virtual and telephonic services due to current state protocol. Their Peer Support Partners are working remotely providing telephone and video conferencing support to families on an ongoing basis.  Their Outreach Team has created virtual youth groups and support groups, as well as developed online educational workshops.  Watch, their Facebook and Instagram @familypartnersms for updates. Click HERE for their virtual support groups.


2nd Floor Youth Helpline 1-888-222-2228

Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

Mom 2 Mom 1-877-914-MOM2

NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.

1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

NJ Hopeline 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735)

NJ COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Hub & Call Centers 24 Hour Coronavirus Education and Information Services - 211 OR 1-800-222-1222

NJ Mental Health Cares 866-202-HELP (4357)

NJ Substance Abuse/Addiction Hotline 24 Hour Helpline 1-844-276-2777

Trevor Lifeline​​​​​​​ 1-866-488-7386

Executive Functioning Techniques- 

  Some people have indicated that students are having a harder time staying organized and focused on tasks at hand during this pandemic.  Here​​​​​​​ are some techniques to help students stay focused and on tasks.