Information, Resources & Service Providers
This page provides information that may be useful for those assisting young people who are dealing with a mental health challenge or crisis. This page was developed to complement the teen Mental Health First Aid training and provide an easy point of reference for youth seeking to help themselves, a friend, or peer to connect with a service provider or support. Additionally, the services listed below are provided free of charge to ensure that cost is not a barrier to accessing help in a crisis.
For BIPOC youth: Mental Health Resources For Black, Indigenous, And People Of Color
Suicide is Preventable
Today, more teens are attempting self-harm:
- According to the New Jersey Department of Health, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among those aged 10-14.
- Alarming Trends in New Jersey reported over 1,500 suicide attempts this past year.
- Approximately two New Jersey teens attempt suicide daily.
Access these free helplines and resources if you feel that you, or someone you care about, may be in need of help.
Helplines – National
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – Call or text 988 (24 hours/day, seven days/week) — This crisis hotline helps with many issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; or anyone interested in mental health treatment referrals can call and be connected with a nearby professional.
The Trevor Project, supporting LGBTQIA youth – 24/7, 365 days a year — If you are thinking about harming yourself — get immediate support. Connect to a crisis counselor from anywhere in the U.S. It is 100% confidential, and 100% free.
- Call: 1-866-488-7386
- Text: “START” to 678-678
- Live chat: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/
Service Providers & Helplines – Local/Regional
2nd Floor Youth Helpline of NJ – 1 (888) 222-2228 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)
2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s youth and young adults. They are “here to help you find solutions to the problems that you face” and are available 24/7 365 days a year.
NJ Hopeline – 1.855.654.6735 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year)
The Hopeline’s mission is to provide support, assessment and, if needed, intervention in the most cooperative and least restrictive manner to New Jersey residents in emotional distress and suicidal crisis. You can also email inquiries to [email protected] for a reply within 24 hours.
Chosen To Inspire – 862-215-3359 to speak to a Suicide Prevention Specialist or Crisis Intervention Specialist. Available Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm.
Anchor House – (609) 396-8329 | 482 Centre St, Trenton, NJ 08611
Located in Mercer County, Anchor House provides emergency shelter for homeless and runaway youth, ages 12 to 21, as well as counseling and support services to help stabilize youth, reunite the family, or transition youth/young adults to housing permanency or independent living. All services are provided free of charge.
PEI Kids – (609) 695-3739 | 231 Lawrenceville Rd. Lawrence Twp, NJ 08648
PEI Kids provides one-on-one counseling and weekly group programming at no charge to youth or their families. Services include:
- Counseling for Child Victims of Sexual Abuse
- Counseling for Youth Impacted by Violence (victim, witness, loss of loved one to violence)
- Managing Aggression & Violence (group program) for youth with anger/aggression issues
Mercer Council on Alcoholism & Drug Addiction (MCADA) – (609) 396-5874 | 1931 Brunswick Avenue, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
MCADA provides a range of services including a free START packet for anyone requesting it. This packet is designed to provide help and information for people in need of treatment and for those who have been impacted personally by addiction or substance abuse. This information may be helpful to you or to a loved one.
NJ Addiction Services Hotline – 1-844-276-2777
NJ Addiction Services Hotline will assess your needs and look at your income to assist in referring you to the best, most effective treatment option available based on your insurance. The Hotline also linksto a local providers that accepts Medicaid.
Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth (TLC) – (732) 235-2810) |151 Centennial Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854 – Maureen A. Brogan, Statewide Program Manager, LPC, ACS, DAAETS, DRCC
The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program has created an expanding statewide network that effectively works to prevent suicide and promote hope, healing, and resiliency in the aftermath of traumatic loss in the school or community. Each county has a designated Coordinator to assist with providing services.
Locate services in any zip code: helpwhenyouneedit.org
- Mercer County Crisis Center 609-396-4357
- Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-572-7233
- Addiction Hotline 1-800-238-2333
- ReachNJ Helpline 1-844-ReachNJ
- Family Crisis Intervention 800-399-3612