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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.

“What an energizing and enlightening event! It was so wonderful to convene with recovery partners across the state to reflect on lessons learned. When we join forces and find a common voice, we are so much stronger and more effective. I look forward to being part of this movement to make meaningful changes which will positively impact the future of response and recovery in NJ.”

– Kelly Higgs – Former Executive Director of NJVOAD (statewide)

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