COVID-19 has had deleterious effects on young people’s mental wellness. Social distancing has, for many, meant remote learning, no recreational sports, no birthday parties or school dances; no group outlet. For youth already struggling with grades or confidence or belonging, the pandemic has exacerbated their mood swings, emotional withdrawal, substance use or behavioral conditions.
Help is available! The New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Division of the Children’s System of Care has free or low-cost access to behavioral health support 24/7/365. Please click here to view and/or download the attached flyer with more information. For immediate help, simply call 877 652 7624.