Media throughout the country have focused on the impact COVID-19 has had 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. Families need to know that there is help 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 hours a day, seven days a week. Please share the fliers and resources found at nj.gov/dcf/news/publications/covid19.html. Help spread the word so that at-risk youth can get the support they need.