Mental Health & Social Distancing Information
What is Social Distancing?
- Remaining out of congregate settings
- Avoid mass gatherings
- Maintaining distance
- Behavioral practice
- Staying at home and limiting travel is crucial to mitigation. Do not have people over for dinner, friends over for playgates, sleepovers, or other gatherings.
Self-quarantine and Isolation
These two techniques are utilized to restrict the movement of people to limit the transfer or spread of an infection because they are sick or came in contact with someone who is sick.
If you are told to self-quarantine or isolate, you MUST stay in your home.
Quick Tips to Stay Healthy
If you interact with others, do your best to maintain a 6-foot radius away from other people
- Use proper hand hygiene before and after going out around other people. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If you cannot wash your hands use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Disinfect and clean commonly used objects and surfaces e.g., doorknobs, remote controls, etc.
If you feel sick, stay home. Call your healthcare provider if you have symptoms like a cough, fever or difficulty breathing.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
Stress and Coping
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include
Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
Children and teens
People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
Changes in sleep or eating patterns
Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
Worsening of chronic health problems
Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. For more information click on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Ad- ministration (SAMHSA) Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Things you can do to support yourself
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, in- cluding social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your con- cerns and how you are feeling.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
Reduce Stress in Yourself and Others
• Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Click for some common changes to
watch for and things you can do to support your child.
• Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you. Click for things you can do to reduce secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions.
For people who have been released from quarantine
Being separated from others if a healthcare provider thinks you may have been exposed to COVID-19 can be stressful, even if you do not get sick. Everyone feels differently coming out of quarantine.
To talk with a mental health professional call the NJ Dept. of Human Services “warm line”: 877-294-4357.
Socio-Emotional Learning & Mental Health Resources from Summit Board of Education
The NJ Department of Human Services operates a toll-free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access; (877) 294-HELP (4357) NOTE: The “warm line” does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies