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COVID-19 Briefing #5 (4.29.20) – Protecting Mental Health

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #5 – April 29, 2020

Topic: Protecting Our Mental Health During the Pandemic

Guest speaker #1: Jaime Angelini, Director of Consumer Services – Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ)

Guest speaker #2: Megan Sullivan, Deputy Director, Disaster and Terrorism Branch – Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, NJ Dept. of Human Services

Guest speaker #3: Dr. Diana Salvador, PsyD, Clinical Director – Department of Children and Families, Children’s System of Care

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • Mental and Behavioral Health Resources
  • Crisis Hotlines for immediate mental and emotional support – including hotlines specifically for youth, LGBTQ and Veterans
  • Resource banks – general and for immigrant communities
  • Other mental health resources or suggestions

Download the full summary and resources links here.
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