Supporting Family Health & Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, everyday life has changed significantly for families in New Jersey and we are all adapting to a new normal. Children and adolescents alike may need help maintaining a sense of structure with significant changes to their everyday routines (e.g. school closures, social distancing). Similarly, parents may find themselves in need of support to meet their family’s basic needs (e.g., food, shelter, clothing), or struggling to balance the demands of work, child care and self-care.
Please view the resources included below, and continue to check back as we update our website with new information and resources as they emerge.
Health and Healthcare
- Information on where and how to donate blood:
America’s Blood Centers
American Red Cross
Blood Centers of America
Miller Keystone Blood Center
- EPA-Registered Disinfectants
- State of New Jersey COVID-19 updates, testing locations, and resources
Get connected with teletherapy/mental health resources:
American Counseling Association: Take Care of Your Emotional Health
American Psychological Association: Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Coronavirus Anxiety: Expert Tips and Resources
Center for Disease Control: Stress & Coping
Center for Disease Control: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation: Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Poster series on parenting in the time of COVID-19: To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.
SPAN Advocacy Network Weekly 30-minute “Family Talk” chats: Join SPAN Parent Advocacy Network for open and honest conversations about how families are handling the challenges of COVID-19. Physical distancing, school closures, education, health and mental health issues — SPAN wants to hear your thoughts on these and other topics of concern to you. These weekly 30-minute chats take place on Tuesdays at 11:30 AM and 7:30 PM. Follow this link to join from your computer, tablet, or mobile device or call in by dialing +1 929 205 6099 and entering Meeting ID: 209 987 2673.
Early Childhood Development Action Network COVID-19 resources are available for parents, early childhood workers, educators, administrators, and child protection practitioners. Some resources are available in Afrikaans, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Xhosa. Parent-oriented materials share guidance on communicating with children about COVID-19, play and fun, homeschooling, helping children cope with stress, and more.
SNAP and WIC programs adapted eligibility/application criteria
Single Stop: Single Stop’s benefits screener allows individuals to screen themselves for an array of public benefits that include food supports, tax credits and health insurance and provides information about how to apply or access those benefits in their area. As part of the screener, individuals can expect to receive information about public benefits for which they may be eligible and access to a COVID-19 New Jersey-specific fact sheet. Single Stop staff will also be available to support individuls who complete the screener in connecting them to additional supports from community partners.
NJ211 is now offering live assistance for COVID-19:
- For general information/resources for basic needs, dial 211
- To speak with a health care professional, you can call 1-800-962-1253
- Text “NJCOVID” to 898-211 to receive texts with updates and alerts related to COVID-19
CPSC: Checklists for Keeping Your Home Safe During COVID-19
During these times of uncertainty, you want your home to be a safe place for you and your loved ones. Especially now, when you are spending so much time indoors, you need to be able to identify and handle the hidden hazards in your home that can cause injury or death. Just as you are working to protect those you love from COVID-19, CPSC urges you to protect your family from these hazards as well.
CPSC continues to protect the public from dangerous consumer products through science, investigation, corrective action and communication. In response to the current crisis, CPSC has created a series of Home Safe Checklists, whether your home has babies, teens or seniors—or all of them. Print the lists that work for you, and spend a few moments checking off the safety items. When so much in the world seems beyond control, these checklists are simple, clear steps you can take for the safety of your family.