Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to decreasing youth suicide. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for New Jersey's youth ages 10-24.
Parents, professionals and/or just concerned citizens can use the following resources for support and/or guidance related to suicide or suicide prevention.
If your life or someone else's is in imminent danger, please call 911.
If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call:
The Hopeline is New Jersey's dedicated in-state peer support and suicide prevention hotline staffed by mental health professionals and peer support specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is available to callers of all ages for confidential telephone support (except when a suicide attempt is in progress), assessment, and referral. Crisis chat is also accessible through the website and the service can be reached by texting email@example.com.
Available in each county 24-hours a day, seven-days a week to individuals in emotional crisis who require immediate attention.
An individual may be seen without an appointment, or be brought to the screening center by a parent, friend, spouse, law enforcement official, mental health worker, or any other concerned individual.
For information visit the DHS Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services' website at www.nj.gov/humanservices/dmhas/home/hotlines/MH_Screening_Centers.pdf.
When a child is facing challenges to their functioning and well-being, finding the right services and support can be overwhelming.
To access support from Perform Care for children and youth who are not in crisis click HERE.
To access CSOC Mobile Response services please call 1-877-652-2764.
You can also view a listing of the Crisis/Screening Centers in New Jersey to learn where the local screening center is located in your county.
Accredited by the American Association of Suicidology, 2ND Floor confidentially serves youth and young adults (ages 10-24). Youth who call are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers.
The dual mission of TLC is suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following suicide, homicide and deaths that result from accidents and/or illnesses.
Functioning as an interactive, statewide network, TLC offers collaboration opportunities and support to professionals working with school-age youth via education, training, consultation and coalition building to:
- reduce suicide attempts, suicide completions, and to promote recovery of persons affected by suicide and
- provide guidance and support in the response to a traumatic event
For more information and support related to suicide prevention visit http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/tlc/index.html
Established in the Department of Children and Families, the New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council (Council). The Council is comprised of appointed New Jersey citizens and representatives from a number of state departments. The purpose of the Council is to examine existing needs and services and make recommendations for youth suicide reporting, prevention and intervention; advise on the content of informational materials to be made available to persons who report attempted or completed suicides; and advise in the development of regulations required pursuant to N.J.S.A. § 30:9A-25 et seq.
For more information related to the council email firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn about the State's efforts to prevention youth suicides, read the New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention State Plan. DCF is dedicated to continuing to work to prevent youth suicides in New Jersey and this plan helps provide guidance for this important task.
For more information, read DCF's Adolescent Suicide Report.