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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 third leading cause of death for New Jersey youth between 10 and 24 years of age. 

If your life or someone else's is in imminent danger, call 911.

If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call the New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline at 1-855-654-6735

The Hopeline is New Jersey's peer support and suicide prevention hotline. It is staffed by mental health professionals and peer support specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The service is available to all ages for confidential telephone support (except when a suicide attempt is in progress), assessment, and referral.  Crisis chat is available through the website and the service can be reached by texting


Screening and Screening Outreach Programs

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


Perform Care

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.



Mobile Response and Crisis Screening

To access Children’s System of Care (CSOC) Mobile Response services please call 1-877-652-7624. 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.


2ND Floor Youth Helpline 

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.


Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program

The Traumatic Loss Coalition aims to prevent suicide and provide trauma response assistance to schools following suicide, homicide, and death from accidents and 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 


New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council

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 state government.  The New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council examines existing needs and services and makes recommendations for youth suicide reporting, prevention and intervention. It advises the development of regulations pursuant to N.J.S.A. § 30:9A-25 et seq.

For more information related to the council, email


New Jersey Youth Suicide Report

DCF is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicides in New Jersey. For more information, read DCF's Adolescent Suicide Report.