Mental Health Awareness Resources
Monday, May 1 -
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Together we can reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
On This Page You Will Find:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.
- 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.
- NJ Children's System of Care (CSOC) - A division with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the foundational philosophy of all System of Care partners is the Wraparound/Child Family Team. The Wraparound approach is used to provide FREE, voluntary services to youth ages 5-21 with mental, emotional, behavioral, developmental, intellectual, and substance abuse challenges and their families. To access services through NJ's Children's System of Care (CSOC) call 1-877-652-7624. This is a single point of entry, 24/7 toll-free access line that connects you to PerformCare, the Contracted System Administrator (CSA) for the Children's System of Care.
- There key partners in the Children's System of Care; these partners are in each county throughout the State and include:
Children's Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) - Care Plus NJ is the contracted provider of Children's Mobile Response and Stabilization Services in Bergen County
Care Management Organization (CMO) - Bergen's Promise, Inc is Bergen County's CMO
Family Support Organization (FSO) - Family Support Organization of Bergen County is Bergen's FSO
- Taking a Child to the Emergency Room - An article from Child Mind Institute about what the ER can and cannot do for a psychiatric crisis.
- #MyYoungerSelf - A social media campaign in which prominent individuals share their experiences with mental health and learning disorders, and how treatment helped them. It's part of the Child Mind Institute's annual Speak Up for Kids campaign to decrease stigma and help more kids get care. During the month of May, a different story will be unlocked every day.
- Resources Spotlight Association Between Chronic Illnesses and Depression in Youth - SAMHSA debuts several one-page "Spotlights" to accompany a major report on the association between a major depressive episode and chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and obesity.
- Caring for Every Child's Mental Health - SAMHSA's campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide - Get Connected - Here, it’s ok to speak up about not being ok – and you’ll find that lots of other kids do, too.
- 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.
Behavioral / Mental Health
Last Updated: 05/10/17