It is common to feel overwhelmed by the obstacles of life, causing strong emotions in adults and children. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress can be a main factor in physical and mental health, resulting in changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests; worsening of chronic health problems; increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances; difficulty sleeping, and much more.

During times of extreme stress, many even find themselves stuck in suicidal thoughts. However, you are not alone. There are resources to help tackle these negative outcomes, thanks to a variety of mental health resources throughout the tri-state, including New Jersey’s 24-hour mental health hotline services, which are available to anyone and everyone:

NJ HopeLine, 855-654-6735

NJ Mental Health Cares, 866-202-4357; email, [email protected]

Veterans Counseling Hotline, 866-838-7654

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