Call or Text 9-8-8
988 connects you to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. When you call or text to 988, or chat through https://988lifeline.org/chat/, a trained counselor will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and share resources that may be helpful. Compassionate, accessible care and support will be available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress, thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support
State Central Registry
In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR).
24 hours a day - 7 days a week
This hotline serves domestic violence victims and others seeking information about domestic violence services.
Under the New Jersey Safe Haven Infant Protection Act, a person may give up an unwanted infant anonymously and without fear of arrest or prosecution as long as the baby has not been abused.
ReachNJ connects individuals who need counseling to live, trained addiction experts who answer the 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week hotline and get callers help, regardless of their insurance status.
If you need help getting food immediately, call 211 or visit their website to find locally available food programs and resources like food pantries, hot meal programs and meal delivery options.
New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness can dial 2-1-1 for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Help is available in many different languages. The information you provide will be kept confidential, except for information that needs to be shared with providers involved in providing shelter or shelter-related services.
Need Help Now?
NJ 211 is available 24/7 for help with:
- housing/homelessness help
- mental and physical health
substance use disorders
- senior needs
- legal assistance
- disability services
NJHelps is an online screening tool that will help you see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid). From there you can apply for services or learn about additional resources.
The Families First Discovery Pass program provides families and individuals who receive benefits through SNAP, WFNJ, the Child Care Assistance Program and/or WIC free or steeply discounted admission to museums, theaters, historic sites, cultural events and more across the state.