"There may be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another." 1 Corinthians 12:25
COVID-19 Informational Hotline
Live support available 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST daily
Messages left will be returned during this time
Coronavirus isn't just affecting our physical health but our mental health too. This is the cause of much uncertainty and anxiety.
The informational hotline will provide:
Answers and advice for your Medical health questions (related to COVID-19)
Mental health support and advice
Guidance on publicly available financial/accounting resources
Information on Legal inquiries/matters. For easy to understand summaries of legislation and emergency orders, click here.
We have activated a team of Arabic and English speaking professionals (Mental Health, Medical, Legal, Financial/Accounting, and Educational) who are volunteering their time to assist with your inquiries surrounding the COVID-19 public health crisis.
ANGEL DELIVERY (outreach) offers free delivery to the most at-risk community members.
Sign up to volunteer. Request a delivery of supplies, groceries or whatever you may need and one of our volunteers will safely bring it to your doorstep.
DISCLAIMER: This Service Does Not Provide Medical Advice, Treatment or Diagnosis or Legal Advice.The contents and services are for informational purposes only. The service is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment, or legal advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider or your mental health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or a serious mental health crisis. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of this service. Use of this service does not give rise to a doctor/patient, counselor/patient or attorney /client relationship.
If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. This service does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.
If you may be experiencing a mental health crisis or in serious emotional distress,
call 800-273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately. They provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dr. Nader Boulos, MD is an emergency medicine physician in Paterson, NJ and practices in St. Joseph's University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and has been in practice for 20 years. He is a servant at Saint Anianus Church in Monroe Township, NJ.
Dr. Nader N. Youssef, MD is a pediatric gastroenterologist physician in Hillsborough, NJ and has been in practice since 2002. He is also a biotech and pharmaceutical executive with many years of clinical research experience. He is an experienced clinician that not only focuses on medical interventions and diagnosis but appreciates the importance of disease education, family therapy, and anxiety reduction as a cornerstone for effective medical therapy. He is a servant at Saint Mary and Saint Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Hillsborough, NJ.
Mariam Doss, RN BSN, APN-C has been a nurse for over 20 years and is an adjunct clinical instructor at Bergen Community College. She is a nurse practitioner in Hackensack Meridian Health University, NJ. She specializes in adult health nursing. She is also an emergency room nurse at Hackensack Hospital. Mariam serves in St. Marks’ Church in Cedar Grove.
Pishoy Fahmi, CPA has a passion for helping business owners and individuals grow their financial well being. With a strong background in analysis, and thorough research, Pishoy is able to help clients pursue opportunities that can be found in existing and recently altered tax laws. Pishoy is able to provide his clients with expert advice, professionalism, and peace of mind from his 20 years experience in the public accounting arena. He serves in Archangel Michael Church in Howell, NJ.
Mary Gabriel is a lawyer with 15 years experience. A partner with a large regional law firm, her practice specializes in litigation and counseling business entities and their management teams on a variety of matters, including contract and commercial disputes. Mary serves at Saint George and Saint Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church in Jersey City.
Lillian Abadir Chou, has a BA in Math and Education, and an MA in School Counseling and is a Licensed Associate Counselor. She has been working in education for 26 years as a middle school math teacher and is currently a school Counselor for grades 6-12. Lilian began service in St. Mary's Church in East Brunswick and continues to serve in various NJ churches.
Silvia Farag is a Licensed Social worker and a PsyD candidate with a specialization in families and children. Silvia has extensive experience in working with families in crisis and families who have DCP&P involvement, victims of sexual abuse, and the family system. Silvia specializes in Motivational Therapy, Couples counseling, Individual Counseling and issues related to anxiety and stress-related disorders. Silvia is a servant at Saint Augustine and Saint Monica Coptic Church in Watchung and also serves in the Coptic Archdiocese of North America in Cedar Grove, NJ.
Helpful Medical Links with Corona Virus Information
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Live Science NJ
Get Immediate Help
People often don’t get the mental health services they need because they don’t know where to start.
Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health problems. Ask them to connect you with the right mental health services.
If you do not have a health professional who is able to assist you, use these resources to find help for yourself, your friends, your family, or your students.
Emergency Medical Services—911
If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.
2. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat
If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.
3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)
Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
How to Protect Your Mental Health
Use this time to pray with your family daily
Access nature and sunlight wherever possible
Exercise, eat well and stay hydrated
Limit distressing news
Create and maintain new daily routine
Seek information mainly to prepare and protect yourself and loved ones
Wash hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap
Stay connected virtually with those you care about
Practice the “Apple” techniques to deal with anxiety
Acknowledge: Notice and acknowledge the uncertainty as it comes to mind.
Pause: Don't react as you normally do. Don't react at all. Pause and breathe.
Pull back: Tell yourself this is just the worry talking, and this apparent need for certainty is not helpful and not necessary. It is only a thought or feeling. Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts are not statements or facts.
Let go: Let go of the thought or feeling. It will pass. You don't have to respond to them. You might imagine them floating away in a bubble or cloud.
Explore: Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well. Notice your breathing and the sensations of your breathing. Notice the ground beneath you. Look around and notice what you see, what you hear, what you can touch, what you can smell. Right now. Then shift your focus of attention to something else - on what you need to do, on what you were doing before you noticed the worry, or do something else - mindfully with your full attention.