We recognize that being away from school not only means being away from friends, teachers, and instruction, but also means being away from key services, like counseling and mental health support. Even if your family has not received counseling or mental health support at school in the past, you and/or your child may benefit from talking with a professional about the thoughts, feelings and emotions we’re all experiencing during these uncertain times.

At Rockland BOCES, our social workers, counselors and clinicians will continue to support our students and families throughout this school closure. Please reach out through your child’s program principal or administrator to connect with a Rockland BOCES counselor.

The Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT) provides mobile behavioral health services and crisis intervention 24/7, 365 days a year to individuals, families and agencies in Rockland County. The BHRT will come to you if a mental health situation needs immediate intervention. Call the hotline at (845) 517-0400 or visit the website.

The Partnership For Safe and Healthy Youth provides a continuum of behavioral health, social services and educational support to Rockland County children and teenagers who are struggling academically, socially and emotionally. The Partnership, located inside the Rockland BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC) in Nyack, focuses on healing children, adolescents and their families, with the goal of creating a stronger, stable support system at home. Call the hotline at (845) 405-4180 or visit the website.

Rockland County’s Department of Mental Health Support Line can be reached by calling (845) 364-2955, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The support line is for those feeling anxious about the COVID-19 situation – with or without Coronavirus symptoms or positive results.

To speak with a crisis counselor, call the New York State Office of Mental Health, Emotional Support Line at 1-844-863-9314. The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the Coronavirus public health emergency.

Mental Health Association (MHA) of Rockland County Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week)

To speak with a New York State Department of Health expert who will answer questions about Coronavirus, Monday to Sunday, contact the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus 24-hour Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

For local COVID-19 information and resources, call 211 or visit the website.