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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.

“I was really amazed by the cross-section of people in this whole building today. I really didn’t know what to expect and I wasn’t anticipating facilitating a session. I absolutely loved the energy that came out of the room and I was pretty amazed at the breath of ideas. “The fact that we come back on day two to create an action plan and walk out of here with very specific tasks is an amazing thing. It’s a way to help Asbury Park to move forward with an actionable plan.”

– Jen Souder – Consultant, Greener by Design, Founder Asbury Park African American Heritage Project & Museum (Asbury Park)

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