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Lauryn MacLeod

School Counselor


I hope you find these resources helpful during this challenging time. 

Somerset County 

Borough of Watchung, New Jersey

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. 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

Somerset County - PESS (Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services)

Mobile outreach to all those in Somerset County experiencing acute psychiatric distress. Also provide traumatic incident debriefing.

Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center

Comprehensive community mental health center dedicated to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of mental illness and serious emotional and behavioral problems.

Guide to Somerset County

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. 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:
  • Recognizing Stress in Adults, Teens and Children
  • Practicing Mental Health First Aid
  • Caring for Yourself
  • Supporting Your Family
  • Supporting Yourself and Coworkers at Work
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

caring contact

Caring Contact

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



State Resources

nj hopeline


NJ Hopeline

New Jersey's 24/7 peer support and suicide prevention hotline. Specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support.



Phone: 1-855-654-6735






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.



Phone: 1-800-273-8255


Crisis Text


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



teen line

Teen Line

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.