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Living through the COVID-19 pandemic is the focus of an eight-week online counseling series sponsored by St. Francis Counseling Service, Brant Beach.

Set to begin Aug. 4, the support group is free and will meet virtually every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. The group is for young adults ages 18-25.

Nina Lawless, Counseling Service director, said, “The main goal for the support group is to provide a safe space for the college-aged population to explore, process, and discuss any life struggles and/or disturbances that were yielded by COVID-19.”

She emphasized the importance of staying mentally healthy during difficult times. “Many individuals have been faced with financial, academic, social, physical and interpersonal challenges throughout the time frame of quarantine and COVID-19.”

She also noted that “as a whole, members of society are experiencing and overall decrease in the status of their mental health and well-being.”

Lawless said the support group will serve as an opportunity to collect data to assess the needs of Ocean County residents and how COVID-19 may have impacted them.

To register for the support group or for more information, call 609-494-1554 and ask for Shannon or Karen. To learn more about St. Francis Counseling Service or the St. Francis Community Center, which is located on the campus of St. Francis of Assisi Church, go to stfranciscenterlbi.org or call 609-494-8861.