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Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life.

A Mental Health Crisis

If there is an immediate mental health crisis, go to a hospital emergency room or call 9-1-1.

If you are unsure of the severity of the mental health crisis, call or text 9-8-8 or chat 988lifeline.org. Trained counselors are available 24/7 and can assist in a crisis situation. You can also, reach out to local mental health professionals and programs for further help.

Some mental health crises are urgent and cannot wait for an appointment. Crisis Centers, typically located in hospitals, are available 24/7. Individuals can receive services, with or without an appointment. While individuals can be brought to crisis centers by friends or family, a mobile unit can be sent to the individual if they are unwilling to go to the Crisis Center. Find a full listing of NJ mental health resources with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

At times, a Crisis Center may recommend inpatient hospitalization. While this may feel scary, the goal of inpatient treatment is to stabilize the individual and to link the individual with community support services so that they can return to the community.

If you live with a mental health condition, it is important to plan ahead. This plan should include your loved ones and mental health professionals. A plan can include where to go for intensive treatment and how to get there, how to take time off from work or school, or explain absences as well as what methods can be used to calm yourself down in an emergency.

Youth Services

The State of New Jersey provides COVID-19 Mental Health Resources geared towards youth as well as a Mental Health and Wellness Hub for youth, parents, and educators. Resources for how to identify mental health challenges, and where youth can seek help are provided to the public.

Helplines

Helplines provide support to callers in need. By providing individuals with the opportunity to talk about their feelings, helplines can help prevent a mental health crisis. Below there are general helplines as well as helplines for more specific communities and needs.

Suicide & Crisis Helpline
Open 24/7

Call: 9-8-8
Text: 9-8-8
Chat online
TTY: 7-1-1, 9-8-8
Spanish: 888-628-9454

This resource provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. 
Crisis Text Line
Open 24/7
Text: Home to 741-741 This Text Line’s trained volunteers support people in crisis. 
NJ Mental Health Cares
Daily 8 am to 8 pm
Call: 866-202- 4357
TTY: 877-294-4356 
This is NJ’s behavioral health information and referral service. Specialists provide counseling. and connects callers to the mental health services.
Peer Recovery WarmLine 
Weekdays 8 am - 10 pm
Weekends 5 pm - 10 pm
Holidays 3 pm - 10 pm
Call: 877-292-5588
TTY: 877-294-4356
This is a peer-run service providing ongoing support to those with mental health struggles as they work towards their recovery.

Specialized Helplines

NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line
Weekdays 8 am – 8 pm
Weekends 10 am – 4 pm
Holidays 3 pm – 10 pm
Call: 855-652-3737
TTY: 877-294-4356
This Call Line focuses on helping people who are experiencing distress related to the substance use disorder of a family member or friend. Callers are connected with Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Peer Specialists.
NJ Disaster Mental Health
Activated during emergencies
Call: 877-294-4357  
TTY: 877-294-4356
This helpline provides mental health services during a natural or man-made disaster or terrorist attack. The helpline is equipped to quickly develop resources.
Parents Anonymous
Open 24/7
Call: 800-843-5437 This helpline helps callers work through their frustrations before a crisis occurs. Callers speak to trained volunteers who provide empathic listening and refer them to resources.
2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline 
Open 24/7
Call: 888-222-2228 This youth helpline serves teens and young adults in NJ. Youth are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers. 
Care2Caregivers
Weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm    
Call: 800-424-2494 This is a support line for anyone caring for a person with memory loss. Trained staff, with lived cargiving experience, provides resources, coaching, tips on coping.
MOM2MOM
Open 24/7
Call: 877-914-6662 This helpline provides peer support to mothers with special needs children. 
THE TREVOR PROJECT 
Open 24/7
Call: 866-488-7386
Text: START to 678-678
These helplines provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.  
NJVet2Vet
Open 24/7
Call: 866-838-7654 This resource provides veteran peer support, family support, case management, and employment resources as well as referrals.
Worker2Worker
Weekdays 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Call: 855-327-7482 This resource is a peer-counseling support helpline for employees of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

Learning to Cope with Difficult Emotions

Negative emotions are impossible to avoid, but by understanding emotions and learning to cope with them, a bad day can turn into a better one. Regardless of the emotion, mental health professionals are always ready to help if assistance is needed. 

Stress is a reaction to a situation where a person feels threatened or anxious. To cope with stress, individuals should take care of their body, by eating healthy meals, exercising, getting plenty of sleep, talking to others, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and taking a break. Oftentimes, adults experience financial stress. Learn tips to overcome financial stress.

Grief is a common response to the loss of someone or something you love. Grief can often feel overwhelming as one can experience a wide array of emotions such as disbelief, guilt, sadness, and anger. Learn more about mourning a loss.

Loneliness is the feeling of being isolated or disconnected from others. Loneliness can be experienced at any stage in life. Loneliness can even be experienced when surrounded by others. It can be caused by many things such as a big life change, the loss of a loved one, or the avoidance of social situations for fear of being rejected. To overcome and prevent loneliness participate in activities you enjoy and focus on developing relationships with people who share similar interests. Learn more about coping with loneliness.

Adults aren’t the only ones who must confront difficult emotions, children do too. Help children navigate difficult emotions by learning more.

Talking with others about your Mental Health

Talking about mental health concerns with family and friends can be difficult for some. Find out more information about talking with others and disclosing important information about mental illness from the National Alliance on Mental IllnessSupport groups are also available throughout the state. Find a support group today.

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