COVID-19 Support and Resources
Where to go for immediate help
The Crisis Text Line is open 24/7 – text NAMI to 741741
If you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, NJ Mental Health Cares is offering help. Call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free and confidential support, 8AM to 8PM, seven days a week.
For the latest information about COVID-19 in New Jersey, visit
Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 2-1-1 (7a-11p)
COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine website and call centers
NJ State Websites for Testing & Vaccine
• covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing: Getting tested for COVID-19
• covidvaccine.nj.gov: Vaccine registration (state will contact you by email)
• covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder: Find vaccine appointments (directly connect with vaccine sites)
• covid19.nj.gov/homeboundvax: Homebound vaccination appointment form
As of 5/10/2021, Middlesex County will no longer accept appointments booked through NJVSS (covidvaccine.nj.gov). The County has launched its own dedicated scheduling portal for Middlesex County locations: http://www.
2-1-1 (24/7 Information Helpline)
Call 2-1-1 with general questions on staying safe, financial assistance, unemployment, donations, food, non-medical needs
Hotlines and websites
• 1-855-568-0545 (8am-8pm): vaccine appointment support
• 1-856-249-7007 (8 am 8 pm): dedicated to seniors.
• 1-800-962-1253 (24/7) medical related questions
Key Things to Know – CDC website on COVID vaccines
Tool kit for community organizations
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS):
V-Safe: After-Vaccination Health Checker On Mobile Phones
Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you
need a second vaccine dose.
What to Do if You Have an Allergic Reaction After Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine:
New Jersey Hope and Healing – Disaster Recovery
NEW New Jersey Hope and Healing is a FEMA-funded project which addresses the emotional and behavioral health needs of NJ residents concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call 866-202-HELP (4357) to talk with trained staff, 8AM to 8PM, seven days a week.
NEW COVID Connect Helpline offered by Rutgers UBHC: 1-833-223-0011, Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM.
The COVID CONNECT (833) 223-0011 helpline by Rutgers UBHC provides behavioral health treatments and supports to individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues related to the COVID pandemic. A series of screening tools will be used to assess the caller’s level of distress and mental health/addiction needs. UBHC will provide a warm handoff to licensed treatment providers throughout the state that offer Telehealth services. To ensure successful service linkage, staff will follow up with callers.
NEW NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services – Suicide Prevention
Department of Health, Charity Care Program
Charity Care Eligible patients will have access in the acute care setting that mirrors the Medicaid.
Federal Lifeline Assistance: Assurance Wireless
Assurance Wireless is a federal Lifeline Assistance program brought to you by Virgin Mobile. The Assurance Wireless offer provides eligible low-income free monthly data, unlimited texting, and free monthly minutes. Plus a free phone.
NJ Department of Health on Coronavirus Preparation at the State Psychiatric Hospitals
At each of the links below is some information under COVID-19 Preparedness:
American Psychological Association COVID-19 Information and Resources
Continually updated by APA for psychologists, health-care workers and the public.
Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
GSAPP will offer phone and telepsychology services to help members of the community obtain short term supportive therapy or facilitate referral to therapists in their network.
Middlesex County Office of Human Services Resources
Resources for mental health, addiction recovery, peer support and general information about COVID-19. View the Mental Health Services Directory.
Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ)
CSPNJ is a peer led not-for-profit organization that provides community-based services that promote recovery and wellness for people with the lived experience of behavioral health conditions. Check out their Words of Wellness newsletters.
Justice in Aging – COVID-19 Resources
Justice in Aging is a national non-profit legal advocacy organization that fights senior poverty through law.
Effective School Solutions’ COVID-19 Resource Center
Tools and strategies to support the mental health of all students during this uncertain time.
“Building Mental Resiliency” Video Series by Otsuka
This video series by Otsuka aims to support conversations and share resources to manage through the uncertainness of this time by bringing together experts. Otsuka Patient Support combines resources and tools for patients, their caregivers, and their prescribing team with access to their dedicated team of support members.
PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT)
PhRMA’s MAT is a search engine designed to help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the resources available through the various biopharmaceutical industry programs
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources in Multiple Languages
Mental health guidance is available in Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Swahili, Burmese and other languages. Topics include how to manage stress, cope with social isolation, comfort children, and identify signs of anxiety and depression that might require additional attention.
For the latest medical information, including mental health guidance and tips, visit Centers for Disease Control’s website.