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Awareness - Suicide Prevention Resources


Psychiatric Emergency Screening Program (PESP)

262-HELP (201-262-4357) – is Bergen County’s Designated Psychiatric Emergency Screening Program. The purpose of 262-HELP is to provide emergency mental health services to residents of Bergen County.

Bergen County Traumatic Loss Coalition (TLC)

The Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth (TLC) is an interactive, statewide network that offers collaboration and support to professionals working with school age youth. The dual mission of the TLC is excellence in both suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following the sudden losses due to suicide, homicide, accident and illness.   

This is accomplished through county, regional, and statewide conferences, training, consultation, onsite traumatic loss response, and technical assistance.  The purpose is to ensure that those working with youth from a variety of disciplines and programs have up-to-date knowledge about mental health issues, suicide prevention, traumatic grief, and resiliency enhancement.

Through collaborative funding by the Department of Children and Families, Division of Family and Community Partnerships, Office of School Linked services, the Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program has created an expanding statewide network that effectively works to prevent suicide and promote hope, healing, and resiliency in the aftermath of traumatic loss.

Bergen County Coordinator contact:   Jennifer Velten, MA, LPC, ACS (201)-250-6660 (M)  [email protected]

Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Survivors After Suicide Support Group: This support group is for those who have experienced the loss of loved one through suicide. Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:15pm at Vantage Health Center 22 Park Avenue Dumont, New Jersey 07628.

Questions? Contact: 

Alyssa Fiume
[email protected]

Teens & Young Adults Who Lost Siblings to Suicide

Skype (Virtual)

We meet online on Skype every Tuesday from 6:30pm -7:30pm . 

All ages 16+ who lost their sibling through suicide.

Please email Leslie for information on joining the Skype session

Though this group is led by a clinical psychologist, the structure of the group is not therapy.

Leslie Shasha
[email protected]

Parents of Suicide Loss Support Group

Christian healthcare center 

700 Mountain Rd
Wyckoff NJ, New Jersey, 07481

Facilitator is a peer who attended AFSP's Facilitating a Suicide Bereavement Support Group training.

Currently accepting new loss survivors.

Meets second Tuesday of the month

Elaine Arnoldi
[email protected]

Suicide Bereavement for Teens (SB4T)

Online only

This is a group for anyone between the ages of 14-19 who have lost someone to suicide.

Our facilitator is a peer.

We are currently accepting new loss survivors.

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 8PM - 9PM. Currently, we meet online via Zoom. Please email or call for information on how to access the meeting.

Have questions? Reach out

Jessica Lincoln
[email protected]


New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Resources 

These resources are continually updated and compiled by the NJ Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth and the NJ Chapter American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Have a resource you think should be included?  Add it to the Padlet and an Administrator will update the resource Padlet. 

2nd Floor Youth Helpline 

(888) 222-2228  A 24/7 youth helpline serving all youth and young adults in New Jersey. Youth who call are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention -  NJ Chapter

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and providing support to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide or who have lived experience.   For more information contact Elizabeth Clemens, NJ Area Director at [email protected]

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.

Dawn Doherty, Executive Director
[email protected]  (732) 410-7900

NJ Suicide Prevention Hopeline

1-855-654-6735. Peer support and suicide prevention hotline that provides confidential telephone counseling, support and referrals to local resources.  Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you. Text available 24/7 at  [email protected].  

Common Myths about Youth Suicide

Learn the difference between myths and facts associated with Youth Suicide

YSPAC Back to School Resources - Related to Suicide




The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention AFSP

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

Erika's Lighthouse

FREE Evidence Based Mental Health Education Programs for Schools and Resources for Parents and Teens.

American Association of Suicidology 

To promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it.  School Resources   Contains a growing list of resources for students, school mental health professionals, teachers, and administration on how to address suicide in schools. 

The IASP was established in 1960 and is the largest international organization dedicated to suicide prevention and to the alleviation of the effects of suicide. It has members in more than 50 countries.

JED Foundation

JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under grant no. 5U79SM062297 and is located at Education Development Center.   It includes links to databases of evidence-based suicide prevention programs.

Handouts:  The Role of H.S. Mental Health Providers         The Role of H.S. Teachers 

See page of Resources for Suicide Attempt Survivors and Their Families and Friends | Suicide Prevention Resource Center

See list of Resources for Survivors of Suicide Loss 

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.  If you’re thinking about suicide, you deserve immediate help - please call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386.

TrevorText is a confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text START to 678678.

The Child Mind Institute is here for you online or in-person, offering gold-standard, evidence-based care for those struggling with mental health and learning disorders. When we help children, teens and young adults, it benefits the whole family.

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Last Updated: 03/18/24