Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Service alert Open

If you would like to make an appointment for a COVID-19 TEST, click here.
To learn more about the COVID-19 VACCINE and eligibility, click here.
All Middlesex County buildings will remain closed to the general public until further notice due to COVID-19– County services are available on an appointment basis.

 


​​​​​​​​​​
balance.jpg


Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being.  It includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being and affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

 

During times of emergency, however, and as information about Coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions that may negatively affect your mental health.

 

 

Common Reactions

Please recognize that there can be a wide range of reactions and that over the next few days or weeks you may experience periods of:​

  • Anxiety, worry, panic
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Difficulty concentrating and sleeping
  • Anger
  • Hyper-vigilance to your health and body

 

Individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 may experience fear of the consequences of infection with a potentially fatal new virus, and those in quarantine might experience boredom, loneliness, and anger. Furthermore, symptoms of the infection, such as fever, hypoxia, and cough, could lead to worsening anxiety and mental distress.

 

Mandatory quarantine, which is part of the public health responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, could increase patients' anxiety and guilt about the effects of contagion, quarantine, and stigma on their families and friends.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA​) highlights tips for taking care of your behaviorial health during an infectious disease outbreak here.

 

Health professionals, especially those working in hospitals caring for people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, are vulnerable to both high risk of infection and mental health problems. They may also experience fear of contagion and spreading the virus to their families, friends, or colleagues.

 


Ways to Manage Fears & Anxieties

Although Coronavirus is a health issue that is being taken very seriously public health authorities worldwide, do not let your worry about this virus control your life. There are many simple and effective ways to manage your fears and anxieties, including these tips from SAMHSA. Many of them are essential ingredients for a healthy lifestyle; adopting them can help improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.

  • Get the facts.  Stay informed with the latest health advisories through our Middlesex County LINCS program, and see the CDC website​.  If you have questions, call the state's dedicated public call line at 800-222-1222.
  • Keep things in perspective. Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you spend watching or listening to upsetting media coverage.  Although you'll want to keep informed, remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and things you have control over.  
  • Be mindful of your assumptions about others. Someone who has a cough or a fever does not necessarily have coronavirus. Self-awareness is important in not stigmatizing others in our community.
  • Stay healthy. Adopting healthy hygienic habits such as washing your hands​ with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, frequently, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid contact with others who are sick and stay home while sick.
  • Keep connected. Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
  • Don't forget about kids. 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. For more tips on how to help chidren cope with stress, visit the CDC's page about managing stress and anxiety.  
  • Seek additional help. Individuals who feel an overwhelming worry or anxiety can seek additional professional mental health support. The NJ Department of Human Services operates toll free “warm lines” which are a resource for people seeking mental health service. A warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm lines are available 24 hours and have language access; (866) 202-HELP (4357)(877) 294-HELP (4357),  TTY (877) 294-4356     NOTE: The “warm lines” do not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.   
                         mental_health_cares.jpg          hopeandhealing.png






 
​​Return to Middlesex County's  COVID-19 Webpage

Return to Office of Health Services​


 
Email the New Jersey Department of Health here.​


Office of Health Services
35 Kennedy Blvd
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
732-745-3100

 
After Hours: 732-745-3271
(This number is for the Sheriff's office, which will then connect you to the appropriate on-call staff)


For more information, click on one of our partners:

 
 
 
 
 
 


samhsa_logo.jpg


 
Back to top