SANDY COUNSELING/SUPPORT RESOURCES
In the Brick area counseling services for storm victims are available through:
• Visitation Relief Center 732-746-3456
• Preferred Behavioral Health Sandy Support & Counseling Project 732-458-1700 ext. 7147
• NJ Hope and Healing 877-294-HELP (4357)
• Ocean Family Success Center Hurricane Sandy Project 732-557-5037
• For Sandy specific counseling services go to the Mental Health Association of NJ's website and their Hope and Healing Page http://www.mhanj.org/new-jersey-hope-and-healing/
Path to Renewal
Ocean Mental Health Services is offering a new service for individuals experiencing trauma as a result of Hurricane Sandy. This trauma specific service may be offered on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting, depending upon an individual's needs. OceanMHS also has speakers to meet with groups including parent/teacher organizations, workplace in-services, Hurricane Sandy volunteers, community centers and more. These presentations will include information regarding signs of trauma, coping skills, stress management, and community mental health resources. Topics can be added upon request. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 732-228-0486 or 732-221-1492.
Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that may be reached at 800-985-5990. Helpline staff provides immediate crisis counseling and help to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. You can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 and begin the process of recovery. TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517
MentalHealthCares Disaster Helpline
Free counseling to help with the emotional toll of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath is available to all NJ residents. Stress can surface in many forms and often appears weeks or months after a traumatic event. It may include anger, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, nightmares, depression, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity and/or increased alcohol or drug use. If you or someone you know is experiencing distress or feeling overwhelmed by painful emotions related to recent events, call the New Jersey MentalHealthCares' Disaster Helpline: 1-877-294-4357 (HELP). A TTY line is available at 877-294-4356. Translation services are available as well.
Children's Home Society offers Free Trauma Counseling
The Calming After the Storm Project provides free counseling to Ocean and Monmouth County residents, business owners and first-responders who have been impacted in any way by Superstorm Sandy. Over the past year, trauma trained clinicians have helped children, adults, and families affected by the storm to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and anger including sleeplessness, lack of motivation, increases or decreases in appetite, and bedwetting, among many other symptoms. The clinicians in the program are specially trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a therapeutic modality specifically geared towards reducing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders. Through the use of EMDR and other treatment modalities, clients have been able to resume their daily living activities, deal more effectively with FEMA and other government funded programs, and begin the long process of rebuilding. Sessions are 100% free of cost, are confidential and open to anyone impacted by the storm regardless of income level, employment status, or age. You can learn more by visiting http://www.nj211.org/images/HurricaneSandy/chscalmafterstormproject.pdf