This is a new journey for us, but we will get through this together!
You can reach me anytime at Lmacleod@watchungschools.us.
Lauryn MacLeod- School Counselor
I'm hoping you will find these resources helpful during this challenging time.
COVID-19 Helpline: 908-741-2111.
Want To Help?
Watchung has been brimming with wonderful resident-run initiatives to support our neighbors, Hometown Heroes, First Responders, and Essential Workers. WatchungVolunteers.org was created to amplify those efforts and provide a home base for the volunteer opportunities in Watchung.
Food Bank Network 732-560-1813
Assistance with food and clothing
Family Crisis Intervention Unit 908-704-6330
Counseling and other services for families in crisis
Mobile outreach to all those in Somerset County experiencing acute psychiatric distress. Also provide traumatic incident debriefing.
Comprehensive community mental health center dedicated to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of mental illness and serious emotional and behavioral problems.
A guide for Somerset County residents to access human services in and around Somerset County.
Emotional Support Helplines
If you know someone who is struggling, help is available! In addition to these hotlines below, Pioneer Family Success Center is here to help connect to local resources and support.
FSC@empowersomerset.com or 908-722-4400
Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 is an online only course designed to help individuals build resilience and support themselves and lend support to others during and following the COVID-19 outbreak. The course length is estimated at 60 minutes. The topics covered in the course include:
The cost of this online course is $20. Each student who completes the course will receive an American Red Cross Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 Online certificate at the completion of the course. Click here to learn more.
Department of Children and Families (DCF) 877-NJ-ABUSE
Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services 908-526-4100
24 hour crisis service for psychiatric problems
Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center 908-725-2800
Individual, group and family therapy available
NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse 800-367-6274
Referrals to free self-help support groups
Resource Center of Somerset Office: 908-359-0003 Hotline: 866-685-1122
Free services for victims of domestic violence
NJ volunteer organization affiliated with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line. This organization will support and empathize, and help you find the solution.
Phone: (908) 232-2880
New Jersey's 24/7 peer support and suicide prevention hotline. Specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
Text: Text HOME to 741741
Teens helping teens. Do you need helping working something out? Do you want to talk to someone who understands, like another teen? Teen Line is there to help. Speak/text with a trained teen.
Phone: (800) TLC-TEEN (3pm -7pm EST)
Text: Text TEEN to 839863 (3pm - 6pm)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The Foundation is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration aims to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. The administration's website provides information, articles, and treatment center locators for families.