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Mental Health is an important component of overall health and well-being. There are a number of resources available to those who are struggling and their families.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Beginning July 16, 2022, anyone who needs suicide, mental health, or substance use related crisis support, or who has a loved one in crisis, will be able to connect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling or texting 988The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can also always be reached by dialing the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255. 

New Jersey HOPELINE specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (855) 654-6735.

2nd Floor is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults. We are here to help you find solutions to the problems that you face and we are available 24/7 365 days a year. If you need to talk about an issue or problem that you are facing call or text us at (888) 222-2228.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. It is a national organization with a chapter in NJ.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Suicide Prevention page provides facts, information about risk factors, and strategies for prevention.

The Traumatic Loss Coalition and AFSP NJ have also complied a comprehensive list of Suicide Prevention Resources.

NJ Resources

RWJ Barnabus Health provides Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services at both Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville and Newark Beth Israel Hospital. Call 866-904-4474 for assistance with any mental health crisis.

The Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties (MHAEM) works to promote mental health, including the integration of physical healthcare, to improve the care and treatment of individuals with mental illness, and to re- move the stigma associated with emotional and mental disorders.

Family Support Organization of Essex County is a family-centered, family-driven nonprofit organization that provides peer support, education and advocacy for parents of children who have emotional, behavioral, mental health, sub- stance use, intellectual and developmental challenges. Our goal is to empower parents and caregivers to take control of their lives by building on their strengths and supporting them as needed. We work with other agencies to strengthen families in order to keep youth and healthy in their homes and communities

Essex County Directory of Mental Health Resources If you, or someone you know, is feeling overwhelmed with sad- ness, depression or anxiety; is coping with substance abuse issues; or is feeling as though you want to harm yourself or others, we have compiled a list of resources to provide you support.

SOMA Depression, Bipolar & Anxiety Peer Support Group Whether it’s depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, panic disorder, postpartum mood & anxiety disorders, OCD, or an alphabet soup of different diagnoses, it’s likely that one of us has been there, too. Alongside therapy and medication, peer support is an evidence based and accessible way to help counteract the isolation of mental health conditions while building self-acceptance. Some of the things we talk about include navigating the mental healthcare system, medication changes, employment issues, family and romantic relationships, parenting, and coping strategies. We aren’t here to tell you what you should or should not do; we’re here to help you navigate your own path toward mental wellness.

GenPsych is New Jersey’s premier mental health and substance abuse treatment provider. We treat drug, alcohol addiction and eating disorders. GenPsych is dedicated to helping our clients regain their emotional and physical health in a safe, supportive environment. We work closely with our clients and their family members to provide convenient, effective psychological services and support. Our intensive outpatient program allows our clients to continue taking care of their responsibilities while getting the treatment they need.

PerformCare NJ When a child is facing challenges to their functioning and well-being, finding the right services and support can be overwhelming. PerformCare is committed to helping you access the right services for your child for concerns regarding:

  •  Behavioral health
  • Intellectual and developmental disability services
  • Substance use treatment services

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest New Jersey is the MetroWest community’s premier mental health and social service agency, providing comprehensive behavioral healthcare and related social services to over 6,000 members of the Jewish and general communities in Essex, Morris, Sussex, and North Union counties. Services are provided for:

  •  Children, Teens and Parents
  • Adults and Older Adults
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • Domestic Violence: Rachel Coalition

Family Connections NJ is a leading New Jersey non-profit that supports children, adults, and families facing many of life’s toughest challenges. We offer a wide range of programs to counter trauma, mental illness, addiction, domestic violence, child abuse, and more.

Mental Health Association of New Jersey is a statewide non-profit organization that strives for children and adults to achieve victory over mental health and substance use disorders through advocacy, education, training, and services.

Resolve Community Counseling Center is a private, nonprofit mental health agency in Scotch Plains, New Jersey dedicated to providing quality and affordable counseling, advocacy and educational programs for children, adolescents and adults, individuals and families.

National Resources

The National Association on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. We are an alliance of more than 600 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education for those in need. Our New Jersey chapter offers online support groups and other resources for a number of specific concerns.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Mental Health Page provides tools and resources related to mental health.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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