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 the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. 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 are available 24/7 and are typically located in hospitals. 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.
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.
|Crisis Text Line
Text Home to 741-741
|This Text Line’s trained volunteers support people in crisis.|
|National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call (800) 273-8255
TTY: (800) 273-8255
|This is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.|
|Peer Recovery WarmLine
Call (877) 292-5588
TTY: (877) 294-4356
Weekdays 8 am - 10 pm
Weekends 5 pm - 10 pm
Holidays 3 pm - 10 pm
|This is a peer-run service providing ongoing support to mental health consumers as they work towards their recovery. All calls are answered by peers who are trained, supportive people with lived experience with mental health disorder.|
|NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line
Call (855) 652-3737
TTY: (877) 294-4356
Weekdays 8 am – 10 pm
Weekends 5 pm – 10 pm
Holidays 3 pm – 10 pm
|This Call Line focuses on helping people who are experiencing distress related to the substance use disorder of a family member or friend. This service is a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental forum that New Jerseyans may call to connect, grow, and transform through a unique combination of supportive counseling from Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Peer Specialists.|
|NJ Mental Health Cares
Call (866) 202- 4357
TTY: (877) 294-4356
Weekdays 8 am to 8 pm
|This is NJ’s behavioral health information and referral service. The specialists use their experience and understanding of the behavioral health system to provide callers information and connect them to the behavioral health services they need, such as legal, housing, employment, rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient, self-help and more. The professional staff also provides supportive counseling, psycho-education, advocacy, and telephone case management to ensure every caller is linked to their desired service plan.|
|NJ Disaster Mental Health
Call (877) 294-4357
TTY (877) 294-4356
Weekdays 8 am - 8 pm
Weekends 10 am - 5 pm
|This helpline provides public access to targeted mental health services in case of natural or man-made disaster or terrorist attack. The helpline is equipped to quickly develop resources to better assist NJ’s affected populations.|
Call (800) 843-5437
|This helpline helps callers work through their frustrations before a crisis occurs. Callers speak to sensitive, trained volunteers of Parents Anonymous who provide empathic listening about parenting and refer them to resources in your community.|
|2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline
Call (888) 222-2228
|This is a youth helpline serving all youth and young adults in New Jersey. Youth are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers. Anonymity and confidentiality are assured except in life-threatening situations.|
Call (800) 424-2494
Weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
|This is a support line for anyone caring for a person with memory loss such as Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or a related disorder. Compassionate and professionally trained staff who have also been family caregivers provide resources, education, referrals, coaching, tips on coping and help negotiating community resources.|
Call (877) 914-6662
|This helpline provides peer support to mothers with special needs children.|
|THE TREVOR PROJECT – TrevorLifeline & TrevorText
Call (866) 488-7386
Text START to 678-678
|These helplines provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
Call (866) 838-7654
|This helpline provides veteran peer support, family support, case management, web-based peer support, live chat services and employment resources as well as referrals to a comprehensive network of mental health providers.|
Weekdays 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
|This is a confidential peer-counseling support helpline for employees of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. It is designed to help employees manage the unique stresses of their jobs. The helpline features peer support, telephone assessments and a network of referral services.|
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 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 and getting plenty of sleep, talking to others, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and taking a break. Often times, 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, 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 Illness.