TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has established two helplines offering COVID-19 crisis counseling to front-line medical workers and first-responders.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced the creation of HEAL for health care workers and RISE for police, firefighters, emergency responders among others during his December 23 press briefing. "For countless front-line workers, the pandemic has taken a toll on your mental health," he said. "This holiday season, it’s OK not to be OK. Help is just a phone call away."
HEAL provides health care workers, their family members and caregivers with crisis counseling support — seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — with emergency support available 24/7. Visit Healhealthcareworkers.com or call 833-416-8773.
RISE is available to law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS professionals, members of the National Guard, military and veterans and their family members — seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — with emergency support available 24/7. Visit Risefirstresponders.com or call 833-237-4325.
Both federally funded programs are offered through the New Jersey Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program, provided by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in collaboration with the N.J. Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Any New Jersey resident can find free, confidential emotional support from the Mental Health Association in New Jersey daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit mhanj.org, call 866-202-HELP or text "NJHOPE” to 51684.