Mental Health Awareness Resources

Monday, May 1 -
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mental Health Awareness Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Together we can reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

On This Page You Will Find:

Hotlines/Helplines

Resources for Students

Resources for Children and Teens

Mental Health Month Toolkit

HOTLINES/HELPLINES

  • 2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults. We are here to help you find solutions to the problems that you face at home, at school or at play. Call/text 888-222-2228.  Available 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • NJMentalHealthCares is a free, confidential mental health information and referral service. It is not a crisis line. Call 1-866-202-HELP(4357) Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM.
  • NAMI HelpLine staff and volunteers are prepared to answer your questions about mental health issues including symptoms of mental health conditions, support groups, and programs to help find jobs. Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Resources for Students

  • Nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer from mental illness each year, and if left untreated, this illness can be fatal. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds, and more than 90% of those victims suffered from mental health conditions. That’s why, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to share our resource, The Top Mental Health Challenges Facing Students. Our guide identifies the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems including, depression, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders and addiction. Each topic lists a step by step guide in seeking help with additional resources from professional organizations.
  • How Trauma Affects Kids in School -  An article from Child Mind Institute about the signs of trauma and tips for helping kids who've been traumatized.

Resources for Children and Teens

  • Facts
  1. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death.
  2. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined. It results in approximately 4600 lives lost each year.
  3. Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.
  4. Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. Kids who are bullied are more than twice as likely to consider suicide, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

2017 May is Mental Health Month Toolkit from Mental Health of America 

  • Individuals - Click here to find out what you can do for Mental Health Month.
  • Organizations - Click here to download toolkit which includes media materials, social media and web components, and fact sheets to hand out.

Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health

Last Updated: 05/10/17