During this COVID-19 outbreak, local officials are requiring the public to take measures to limit and control the spread of the disease. It’s frightening, confusing, and for some, a cause for anger. The reason for many of these measures is to help stop or slow down the spread of disease.
This page will show ways to care for your mental and behavioral wellness during this time and provide resources for more help.
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease.
What Is Quarantine?
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted the disease.
What Is Isolation?
Isolation prevents the spread of an infectious disease by separating people who are sick from those who are not.
Are you feeling extra anxiety these days due to the Covid-19? Are you feeling stressed out or anxious about...
Your health and the health of your loved ones
Being able to effectively care for children or others in your care
Being exposed to the disease
Underlying feeling of anger
Boredom and frustration because you may not be able to work or engage in regular day-to-day activities
Loneliness associated with feeling cut off from the world and loved ones
Feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, or changes in sleeping habits
Time taken off from work and the potential loss of income and job security
Stock market, etc.
Finding the necessities for you or your family
Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive fear or worry caused by anticipation of a threat or conflict. While anxiety itself is a normal facet of life, anxiety disorders can disrupt one’s ability to function in day to day situations.
Tips to help keep the anxiety at a minimum
Keep your news consumption to two to three credible sources for 30 minutes or less per day: Too much news consumption can make your anxiety worse.
Practice at least 5 minutes of relaxation each day: Counteract your stress with time spent in relaxation. For some people this may mean taking a hot bath, reading a book, or meditating.
Meditation: In Depth - Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being.
Stay in contact with your support system through phone, internet, and social media: This is very important. Humans are social creatures, and if you have to limit contact with loved ones, it can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. Whether you’re quarantined, social distancing, or just being careful, maintain contact with friends and family in whatever way you can.
If you’re unable to cope with your anxiety on your own, seek professional help: If you’re concerned about seeing a provider in person, you may be able to meet with a mental health professional through phone or video chat (telehealth).
See below for the helpful resources:
The NJ MentalHealthCares Help Line staff offers telephone counseling, information and referral and assistance in helping to get the behavioral health services needed by you or a loved one. For assistance or more information, please call our toll-free, confidential number:
866-202-HELP (4357) , (TTY 877-294-4356).
New Jersey Hopeline specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.1-855-654-6735
Please call 911 if your life or someone else's is in imminent danger.
Please call 911 if your life or someone else's is in imminent danger.
The Mental Health Association of New Jersey has opened a Mental Health HelpLine.
If you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call (877) 294- HELP (4357) , TTY (877) 294-4356 during normal business hours for emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed.
New Jerseyans can call the videophone helpline at 973-870-0677 for free, confidential support. Direct communication in sign language will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by live trained specialists.
24/7 Mental Health Resources:
Somerset County Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services
Family Crisis Services
Mobile Outreach -Mobile Outreach to all those in Somerset County experiencing acute distress.
The Mental Health Association of New Jersey has opened a Mental Health HelpLine. If you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call (877) 294- HELP (4357) during normal business hours for emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed. For mental health information and resources specific to Somerset County, NJ CLICK HERE.
Other Helpful Resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Manage Anxiety & Stress
World Health Organization
Coping with stress during the COVID-19 Outbreak
Partners in Health
10 Mental Health Tips for Coronavirus Social Distancing
Mental Health in a Time of Pandemic
The psychological effects of an outbreak.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
COVID-19 Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine
Don’t Go Down a Coronavirus Anxiety Spiral
Here’s what you can do to relieve your worries, while still keeping you and your family safe.
Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 2-1-1 (7a-11p)
Call (Clinical Questions): 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts
2-1-1, funded in part by United Way of Northern New Jersey, provides an information and referral service by phone and via the web for all questions about social services in northern NewJersey.
Just dial 2-1-1 or visit www.nj211.org.
This FREE and confidential service connects people with the resources they need to solve common life problems. When you reach out to 2-1-1, you’ll have access to information about thousands of social service agencies, programs, and community resources.
2-1-1 can help you find everything from basic needs like food, housing, and health care to legal services, drug treatment, jobs assistance, child care, mental health services, transportation, financial assistance, and much more.
2-1-1 is TTY accessible and multilingual.
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Below are resources to help you talk to your kids during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This can be an opportunity to separate fact from fiction and ease your mind as well as with your children
Resource: Child Mind Institute
Topics included are:
Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home.
Tips for parents with older children at home.
Prioritizing your own well-being benefits your whole family.
Anxiety in children-what to watch for.
Tips for teaching children how to build resilience and learn to calm themselves down, even when things feel scary.
How to avoid passing anxiety on to your kids.
Kids who are acting out, melting down, or being defiant may actually be seriously anxious.
Panic attacks and how to treat them
How a meditation practice can help kids (and parents) feel less anxious and more relaxed.
Discipline and behavior.
Feeling bored and frustrated because you may not be able to work or engage in regular day-to-day activities?
Are you experiencing loneliness associated with feeling cut off from the world and from loved ones?
Below are some links of ideas to do at home during this time.
Psychology Today - 8 Things to Do While Under Quarantine
Happier Human - 41 Fun Things to Do at Home When Bored [March 2020 Update]
The Simple Dollar - 15 Useful Things to Do When You’re Stuck at Home
The Science of Well Being: Yale's popular course is available free online. As you're spending more time at home and working to stay sane during the coronavirus pandemic, you might be able to find solace in Yale University's mega-popular "happiness" course, which is available for free online through Coursera.
Exercising at Home
Very Well Fit
American Council on Fitness
During the coronavirus crisis as people stay at home — bored, anxious and stressed may seek relief by eating all day. You think you’ll feel better after you eat, but then after you eat, you feel worse. It ends up being a totally vicious cycle.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
Healthy diets improve the immune system and so if you want to fight COVID-19, eating foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients, especially fruits and vegetables, can help the immune system.
It’s good to have something to look forward to, like air-popped popcorn, whole-grain pretzels or whole-grain crackers.
Eating snacks straight out of the packaging is a recipe for overeating. Portion control!
Home cooked meals such as soups and stews are healthy comfort foods.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
If you are co-quarantining with an abuser or feel otherwise unsafe there are resources available
National Domestic Violence Hotline
New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline
NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) Hotline
Women’s Referral Central
Please visit https://www.nj.gov/dcf/families/hotlines/index.html for more helpful resources
If you’re unable to work during this time, you may experience stress related to your job status or financial situation.
Provide your employer with a clear explanation of why you are away from work.
Contact the U.S. Department of Labor toll free at 1-866-487-2365 about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows U.S. employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for serious medical conditions, or to care for a family member with a serious medical condition.
Contact your utility providers, cable and Internet provider, and other companies from whom you get monthly bills to explain your situation and request alternative bill payment arrangements as needed.
For Unemployment Information and Resources visit Division of Unemployment Insurance
For Job Opportunities visit the State of New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
Disaster Response Jobs at SBA- The SBA is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts. Bilingual language skills a plus.
NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
Consumer Hotline 1-800-NJHOUSE
Are you a renter or homeowner threatened with the loss of housing due to COVID-19? There's help available.
Worker Benefits and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus Tax Relief
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused hardships, financial strain, and disruptions for many New Jerseyans and New Jersey businesses. As part of our response, we have reached agreement that the state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15th to July 15th.
Health Insurance Resources
Residents who have experienced a life-changing event such as the loss of health coverage or the loss of job-based coverage may qualify for Special Enrollment Period (SEP) which would allow them to enroll in health coverage now.
Individuals who have lost qualifying health coverage in the past 60 days or expect to lose coverage in the next 60 days should visit the Get Covered NJ website to see if they qualify or they can go directly to https://www.healthcare.gov/ to enroll in coverage.
Residents who do not have health insurance may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program. NJ Family Care includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations and covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.
Grocery Store, Delivery/Pickup Services
NOTE: Even if a grocery store or warehouse is thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, the delivery person needs to take the same precautions to prevent the spread of a virus to you.
Franklin Township Services:
Residents Helping Residents - A group of volunteers working to expand to help with the delivery of groceries and hot meals to those in need. https://www.facebook.com/RHRFranklin/
Franklin Township Grocery Stores are Open for Business- remember to shop practicing social distancing and for essentials.
ShopRite in Store Shopping
NEW STORE HOURS 7 am - 8 pm. This will allow us to focus on cleaning, product replenishment, and the well-being of our valued associates.
Senior Hour Shopping 7 am- 8 am (elderly and high-risk customers)
ShopRite from Home
The demand for online shopping services is at an all-time high. Remember that your ShopRite from Home orders are selected from in-store inventories so your order is subject to in-store availability and purchase limits. ShopRite is working to increase capacity and expand available time slots for pickup and delivery. Sign up to receive order updates and out of stock product alerts by texting SRFH to 20669. This will be the only means of communication at this time, we will not be offering substitutions.
Stop and Shop in Store Shopping
All Stop & Shop stores will open early to service our most vulnerable customers from 6:00am – 7:30am daily. During those hours, we look forward to welcoming customers who are age 60 and over as well as customers who may have weakened immune systems and are more susceptible to COVID-19.
Peapod Delivery Service
Delays with Home Delivery
We recognize that online shoppers may be experiencing delays on our website as well as with our delivery times. This is again due to extremely high demand, and our teams are working incredibly hard to ensure the site is running smoothly so that you can continue to receive orders when you need them.
Pickup Services Temporarily Suspended
As a result of unprecedented demand as well as product shortages in some areas, we have temporarily suspended our online pickup service until further notice. Our store associates will instead focus on stocking product and other key priorities that will better meet the needs of all customers at this time. The service will be made available again once product availability increases.