Events such as Superstorm Sandy affect people in many different ways. After such a natural disaster, adults and children may feel upset, stressed or sad. It is especially important for those who experience severe emotional reactions to seek professional guidance.
New Jersey Hope and Healing is here to help New Jerseyans cope with the emotional impact of recent storms and flooding. This initiative is supported by the New Jersey Disaster Mental Health Helpline which New Jersyans can call, toll free, for confidential behavioral health information and referral at 877-294-HELP (4357) (TTY: 877-294-4356). The phones are answered by trained counselors who assist anyone experiencing an emotional reaction.
New Jersey Hope and Healing also includes teams of trained crisis counselors deployed in disaster-declared counties to provide emotional support and links to additional assistance for those in need.
For updated information about New Jersey Hope and Healing, please call 1-877-294-HELP (4357).
Stress and Anxiety Related to Hurricane Sandy – from NJSpotlight.com
“New Jerseyans face many emotional challenges when trying to get back to a routine, while obviously things are not back to normal in our state,” stated Carolyn Beauchamp, MSW, ACSW, President and CEO of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ). “The MHANJ is here to help. We are working closely with the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Disaster and Terrorism Branch (DMHAS-DTB) on crucial initiatives, focusing on development and implementation of a crisis counseling program and expanding hours for the New Jersey Disaster Mental Health Helpline that we provide in collaboration with them. In addition to what we are doing with the State, MHANJ’s Atlantic and Ocean County staff as well as staff from the Mental Health Association in Monmouth County, one of our affiliates, jumped in immediately after the storm was over to provide crucial emotional support to those who were displaced, and they continue to provide leadership at the local level. Since day one, we have been committed to helping to establish our own sense of calm.”