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Crisis Contacts

Mental Health

Active Minds

Active Minds is non-profit organization that helps student run Active Minds clubs who support and advocate for young adult mental health and wellness. Active Minds chapters are located in over 600 colleges, in every state in the US.

2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline

Provides an accessible, free telephone helpline to assist children and adolescents with their day to day concerns. Trained listeners encourage discussion, provide support and offer practical guidance.

Atlantic Health System Crisis Intervention

Our professional crisis therapists provide round-the-clock, confidential support and treatment for those in a mental health or substance abuse emergency. Following an initial assessment and crisis stabilization session, patients are referred to the appropriate level of care.

  • Chilton Medical Center: 973-831-5078
  • Morristown Medical Center: 973-540-0100
  • Overlook Medical Center: 908-522-3586
  • Newton Medical Center: 973-383-0973
Caring Contact

Caring Contact is an award-winning, volunteer-staffed caring and crisis hotline and listening community. We provide active listening support and best-in-class education to the Central and Northern New Jersey community.

If you’re looking for additional mental health resources, please visit the link provided here for a complete list on the NJ 211 website.

Domestic/Family Violence

Love is Respect

Website for support and resources about relationships, how to have a healthy relationship and where to turn to for help and support. Support is available 24/7.

Avanzar

Works to reduce the physical, psychological, and emotional trauma and recurrence of domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, and all forms of human trafficking experienced by victims and their families.

Center for Hope and Safety

The 24-hour hotline helps clients in receiving referrals and counseling/crisis intervention on a variety of issues, including notifying the police, how to obtain a restraining order, alternate options, etc.

JBWS

JBWS is a private, confidential service welcoming ALL survivors of dating, domestic, or partner abuse (and their family members) regardless of the severity of the abuse, marital status, income, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnicity.

LoveIsRespect.org

A 24/7 hour online resource center for young adults experiencing dating abuse. Young men and women, along with their friends and families, can anonymously contact highly-trained advocates for support, information, and advocacy. Users can also chat in a one-on-one, confidential conversation with an advocate.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Confidential help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and information and referrals.

If you’re looking for additional domestic or family violence resources, please visit the link provided here for a complete list on the NJ 211 website.

Runaway/Homeless Youth

Boys Town National Hotline

Highly trained counselors provide at-risk youth and their families short-term crisis counseling, referrals to local resources, and emergency intervention as needed. Topics covered include family conflicts, suicide, pregnancy, abuse, running away, and alcohol/drug abuse.

SOS (Street Outreach Services)

SOS is a street-based outreach program offering crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, and prevention services. Counselors work to help homeless, runaway or couch-surfing teens find a safe and stable home.

Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers suicide prevention services to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The number automatically redirects callers to a local crisis center. A trained crisis worker will listen to the caller and provide them with crisis counseling and emotional support, as well as information about mental health services in the area, if needed. All calls are confidential and free. Online chat is also available.

New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline

24-hour hotline for those having a mental health crisis leading to thoughts of suicide. All calls, texts, and chats are anonymous and confidential. Specialists provide counseling, support and referrals to local resources in order to help anyone get through a difficult time.

The Trevor Project Lifeline

National telephone crisis hotline for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people who are in crisis or having suicidal thoughts and feelings. The hotline was developed to promote tolerance and understanding for gay and questioning youth. Non-immediate counseling services are also available through the hotline, text, or online through a chat feature.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Website for advice and resources for individuals who are struggling, who are worried about someone or who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide. The site is also a resource for facts, warning signs, risk factors and opportunities for advocacy.

You Matter

A site run by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as a safe space for youth to share their unique experiences, worries and messages of hope. Posts are made by youth bloggers aged 13-24 years old. The site offers opportunities for youth to comment and share their thoughts.

Not Ok App

The Not OK App is an app for the phone that youth can use to contact the trusted adults in their lives when they are in distress and need some support. It works like a panic button and so the contact is made immediately. The app provides notifications to trusted adults and support to the young person in need. This app can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices.

Stopbullying.gov

Website for parents, children, and schools about bullying and cyberbullying – what can be done, prevention and resources.

Ditch the Label

A global youth charity that supports youth and young adults with bullying, mental health, and relationship concerns. The site offers education, support and resources for youth and forums and blogs where youth can share and support each other.

If you’re looking for additional suicide prevention resources, please visit the link provided here for a complete list on the NJ 211 website.

Talklines or Warmlines

MHA Peer-to-Peer Support Line

Available 365 days a year from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Funded by the county, the Peer-to-Peer support line is manned by peers who have made significant progress with their wellness and recovery and understand the challenges you may be facing.

Peer-to-Peer Support can be reached by calling:

  • 1-877-760-4987 or
  • 1-866-445-3902 or
  • 1-800-381-2059
Teen Line

Staffed by trained teen peer counselors who are supervised by adult mental health professionals. Call or text from 6 pm – 10 pm PST.

Youth Line

Trained teen volunteers respond during evening hours and adults respond at all other times. Teens will respond from 4 – 10pm PST and adults will respond at all other times.

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Topics covered, but not limited to, Emotional Stress, Coronavirus, Anxiety, Suicide, Depression, Emotional Abuse, Self-Harm, and Loneliness.

MHA New Jersey Peer Recovery WarmLine

Operates a peer-run service, providing ongoing telephone support to mental health consumers. Callers are introduced to a peer in their area to set up mutual ongoing support. This service also provides mental health information and referrals.

Family Partners of Morris & Sussex Counties Warm Line

Offers telephone support to family members and caregivers of children with special emotional, behavioral and mental challenges. The warm line phone support is available during normal business hours to help connect you to available community resources.

If you’re looking for additional talkline/warmline resources, please visit the link provided here for a complete list on the NJ 211 website.

Addiction

Start Your Recovery

Start Your Recovery provides helpful information for individuals who are dealing with substance use issues and their family members, friends, and co-workers.

Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform (ATLAS)

ATLAS was created to help individuals search for and compare addiction treatment facilities to find high-quality care for themselves or their loved ones. ATLAS can help individuals find the treatment they need based on where the program is, whether the facility is using best practices, what insurance or other methods of payment are accepted, what groups they serve, and the types of treatment services offered.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. The National Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential referrals and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, treatment, and recovery in English and Spanish.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Reach NJ

Reach NJ is a central call-in-line for New Jersey residents who are looking for help to overcome a substance use disorder. Each call to Reach NJ is answered by a trained specialist 24/7 who will provide the caller with a referral to a local treatment provider or other supportive services. Reach NJ connects callers to help regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.

NJ Connect for Recovery

NJ Connect for Recovery is a free, confidential call line focused on helping family members and friends cope with a loved one’s substance use disorder. A service of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, NJ Connect for Recovery provides a safe, non-judgmental place for individuals and family members to get counseling and assistance from professional staff members on substance use issues. NJ Connect for Recovery provides emotional support, education, ongoing family and peer guidance and access to treatment options through REACHNJ. Calls are answered live through the call line at 855-652-3737 from 8 am – 10 pm on weekdays, 5 pm – 10 pm on weekends, and 3 pm – 10 pm on holidays. Call 855-652-3737 for immediate guidance and support and get your substance use disorder questions answered.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who come together to solve their drinking problem.  It doesn’t cost anything to attend A.A. meetings. There are no age or education requirements to participate. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem. A.A.’s primary purpose is to help alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit Fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Those participating are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. –Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text, page 9. Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with over 61,000 weekly meetings in over 131 countries worldwide. Narcotics Anonymous is FREEDOM from active addiction. Recovery from addiction is possible and available through the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous.

Family Anonymous (FA)

Families Anonymous is for those relatives and friends of those who suffer from a current, suspected, or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Meetings are open to all.

Nar-Anon

Nar-Anon is a Twelve-Step Program, which has been adapted from Narcotics Anonymous. Nar-Anon’s purpose is to offer the families and friends of addicts a safe environment, free from judgment. Nar-Anon offers comfort by sharing experience, strength and hope. Since addiction is a “family disease,” Nar-Anon offers families and friends an opportunity for recovery by using Nar-Anon’s Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts.

Al-Anon

Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

Alateen

Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen is not a religious program and there are no fees or dues to belong to it.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a fresh approach to addiction recovery. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. This is more than an acronym: it is a transformative method of moving from addictive substances and negative behaviors to a life of positive self-regard and willingness to change.

In The Rooms: A Global Recovery Community

Ken Pomerance and Ron Tannebaum started In The Rooms (ITR) with a simple goal in mind: to give recovering addicts and alcoholics a place to meet and socialize when they’re not in face-to-face meetings. This basic concept has grown into a global online community with over 900,000 members who share their strengths and experience with one another daily. Through live meetings, discussion groups, and all the other tools In the Rooms has to offer, people from around the world connect with one another and help each other along their recovery journeys.

National Harm Reduction Coalition

National Harm Reduction Coalition is a national nonprofit serving people who use drugs. They offer naloxone and syringe access, harm reduction trainings, and connections to local groups.

The Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES)

The Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES) is a peer to peer, volunteer based recovery oriented sanctuary located in Morris County, NJ, and Warren County, NJ. CARES exist to put a face on recovery, build recovery capital and serve as a physical location where the local recovery community can join together. CARES honors all pathways to recovery.  The Center for Addiction Recovery, Education & Success works to engage and organize the recovery community by helping individuals find, maintain, and enhance their recovery experience through peer support, educational and volunteer opportunities and sober recreation, as well as working to reduce stigma associated with substance abuse through advocacy, education and service.

Prevention is Key

Prevention is Key (formerly known as “Morris County Prevention is Key”) is a private non-profit 501©3 charitable organization dedicated to empowering every individual they serve to live a healthy lifestyle. Prevention is Key offers a holistic and person-centric, public-health approach, focused on empowering the community, neighbors, friends, and family members to strive for a life of good health and well-being by creating accessibility to impactful programs and services.

Interim Managing Entity (IME)

In January 2015 the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services developed the Interim Managing Entity (IME), now known as the UBHC IME Addictions Access Center. The program is designed to assure effective access to treatment for New Jersey residents who seek treatment for their substance use disorder (SUD). An individual who calls the program’s toll-free number, 844-276-2777 for a referral to treatment will be provided with assistance and support on a 24/7/365 basis. Program staff provides a coordinated point of entry for those seeking treatment for a SUD. Clients calling the program will be screened and referred to an addiction treatment provider by a warm handoff whenever possible. IME Addictions Access Center staff will assist callers to find the right provider for their needs and help them navigate the substance abuse treatment network.

  • Call844-276-2777

Pregnancy

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood’s mission is to ensure all people have access to the care and resources they need to make informed decisions about their bodies, their lives, and their futures. Founded in 1916, Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, educator, and passionate advocate here in the U.S. as well as a strong partner to health and rights organizations around the world. Each year, Planned Parenthood delivers vital sexual and reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people.

New Jersey Safe Haven

New Jersey’s Safe Haven Infant Protection Act allows an individual to give up an unwanted infant safely, legally and anonymously. The parents – or someone acting on their behalf – can leave an unharmed baby less than 30 days old with staff at any hospital emergency room, police station, fire station, ambulance, first aid or rescue squad. The New Jersey Department of Children and Families will ensure that the infant is placed with a foster or pre-adoptive home.

If you’re looking for additional pregnancy resources, please visit the link provided here for a complete list on the NJ 211 website.