Talk to someone today: Available during Standard Business Hours
Narine Kaprelian, PES Manager
Deacon Lawrence Duffy, Chaplain
On- site 24/7
St. Joseph’s Health has a Crisis Center located in the Paterson campus.
Crisis Hotline- (973) 754-2230
Chaplains are always on- call: To speak with a chaplain during off hours, contact the operator.
Staff is able to evaluate individuals presenting to the Wayne campus via telepsychiatry.
Additional help within the St. Joseph’s Health system:
Wayne Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist: Dr. Juan Riestra
For appointments, Contact: Paula 973-389-6022
Tele-visits with St. Joseph’s Health
St. Joseph's Health believes that coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. So we've developed a service to make it easy to manage your mental wellness with professional support when you need it. Through a tele-visit, we can provide a suite of behavioral health services from our highly-qualified, multidisciplinary St. Joseph’s team. Use of this service, and your conversations during your appointment, are confidential and protected.
To schedule an appointment, please log into an SJH workstation or via VPN, and complete this form:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program is provided by ComPsych Guidance Resources and offers counseling, legal and financial consultation, work-life assistance, and crisis intervention services to all of our employees and their household family members.
Web ID: EAPComplete
Please further information regarding our EAP click HERE
If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like harming themselves or others, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 911
Other National Resources include:
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org
National Library of Medicine – Suicide: https://medlineplus.gov/suicide.html
NIMH Suicide Prevention: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Stop Bullying: https://www.stopbullying.gov/
Watch out for symptoms - Self Screening Links
Be sure to check in with yourself and make your wellness a priority. Below are some anonymous, online self- screening tools that may be used to explore possible health risks. These tools are educational and should not be used as a substitute for professional assessment or treatment with a mental health care professional.
Online Mental Health Screening & Resources
AMA Steps Forward: user-friendly and brief online modules on professional well-being topics such as Physician Burnout, Physician Well-Being, Physician Suicide and Support, and Preventing Resident and Fellow Burnout.
National Academy of Medicine:
In 2017, the National Academy of Medicine launched the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a network of more than 60 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. Clinician burnout can have serious, wide-ranging consequences, from reduced job performance and high turnover rates to – in the most extreme cases- medical error and clinician suicide. On the other hand, clinician well-being supports improved patent-clinician relationships, a high-functioning team, and an engaged and effective workforce.
Their Clinician Well Being Knowledge Hub, which shares an abundance of knowledge to combat clinician burnout. You can find articles, research studies, personal stories, blog posts, presentations, and other resources used to help clinicians thrive.
Mindfulness is being fully present in the moment, with awareness, curiosity, kindness, and without filters or judgement. Mindfulness reduces stress and expands awareness. It teaches us to observe ourselves and situations with clarity. Using mindfulness, we can become less reactive, which reduces and improves health and well-being.
Simple Breathing Meditation
- Relax and sit up with your spine straight, feet on the group, hands in your lap, listening on purpose with the attitude that there is no place more important than this present moment.
- Relax every muscle in your body and focus on your breath.
- Notice the feeling of air through your nose as you breathe in and fill your lungs.
- Slowly let the air out like a straw through your mouth.
- Use the breath as an anchor, and notice how your body feels. Where do you feel tension?
- If your mind wanders, if you have thoughts or hear sounds, notice them like passing waves, and return by to the breath.
- Practice for 5- 20 minutes.
Ten simple ways you can practice mindfulness each day:
Mindfulness Apps (FREE):
- UCLA Mindful
- 10% Happier
- Smiling Mind