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Every 11 minutes an individual dies from suicide.*
Helpful Resources
n National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7, English and Spanish 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
n New Jersey Hopeline
24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735)
engagement, such as more FaceTime or Zoom calls; psychotherapy, or talk therapy; and medications, if the symptoms are severe enough.
He said he also would like to see the development of a 24-hour COVID-19 crisis line for the general public similar to Rutgers4U, which would specifically be designed for people who have symptoms that are being triggered or exacerbated by the current pandemic.
For his part, Dr. Tobia said he is hoping to help develop programming that will resonate with people long after the pandemic is over.
The idea for the first initiatives stemmed in part from conversations Dr. Tobia had with his grandmother about her experiences during the Great Depression, as well as from reminiscing with a friend and fellow classmate about their experiences in medical school on a Third World island nation. His grandmother’s stories did not focus on the horrible things she lived through, but were more inspiring. And discussions with his classmate focused on the fun times they had, not the extreme conditions and difficult environment.
“Given that distance, you kind of forget the emotions and just remember the facts,” Dr. Tobia says, “and I’m wondering if we’ll get the same thing with COVID. I think the more activities we can plan, I hope that in time, people are going to reflect back and we can be a part of that. I’m not looking for any real change in a week or two or a month or two, but maybe in a decade from now, people look back and say, ‘You know, it was a horrible situation, but there was this one thing we did that I remember...’ That’s the idea. That’s what I really hope.” M
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n NJ Mental Health Cares State-supported live help line for addressing COVID-19 stress 1-866-202-HELP (4357)
n SAMHSA Disaster
Distress Helpline
24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress
n Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor, 24/7
n Rutgers4U
Confidential support line during COVID-19 pandemic for Rutgers staff, faculty, and families
M-F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1-855-654-6819
n Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety ( Website offering resources for anxiety and mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

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