Resources

Suicide Prevention, Postvention and Mental HealthOrganizations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)    
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide)
http://www.afsp.org  

American Association of Suicidology (AAS) 
AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide.  
http://www.suicidology.org

Bereaved by Suicide   
The only global resource devoted to connecting bereaved people, and those who want to help them.
http://www.bereavedbysuicide.com  

Center for Healthy Schools, Families & Communities (CHSFC)           
UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare The mission of the CHSFC is to ensure that children and youth grow up socially, emotionally, cognitively and behaviorally healthy.  To this end, the Center works to promote school, homes, and communities that are safe and supportive of youths’ well-being. 
http://ubhc.umdnj.edu/chsfc/index.htm  

Centre for Suicide Prevention
The Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) is a dynamic not for profit education center located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Affiliated with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) CPS offers training and has the largest English language library dedicated to the collection and dissemination of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention resources.  
http://suicideinfo.ca/  

Drugwatch.com  
Drugwatch.com is a website devoted to providing information about prescription drugs and their potential side effects. If you have questions or concerns about any prescription drugs and their influence on depression or suicidality, drugwatch.com may be a helpful resource.           
http://www.drugwatch.com/  

Access Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing   973-977-6690
Programs and resources for students who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.  http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/deaf/deaf.pdf   

Family Acceptance Project  
The Family Acceptance Project™ is the only community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families.   http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/  

Grief Speaks   973-912-0177  
Conducts workshops, presentations, keynotes and in-service trainings for schools, hospitals, businesses, agencies, communities, and organizations.  They speak to adults, teenagers and children about coping with losses, transitions and grief.
www.griefspeaks.com  

Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ)       
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services.
http://www.mhanj.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness   
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.  For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country.
http://www.nami.org  

National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder     
We are the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. Our Center has seven divisions across the country.  Although we provide no direct clinical care, our purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of American Veterans.  
http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/pfa/PFA.html  

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University  
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is a science-based, multidisciplinary organization focused on transforming society’s understanding of and responses to substance use and the disease of addiction. Founded in 1992 by Former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA remains the only national organization that assembles under one roof all of the professional skills needed to research and develop proven, effective ways to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction to all substances — alcohol, nicotine as well as illegal, prescription and performance enhancing drugs — in all sectors of society.
www.casacolumbia.org  

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States.
http://www nctsnet.org  

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for publications  
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.  For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/index.shtml  

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention                 
Directs you to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.
http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/suicide.aspx  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 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, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

NJ Department of Children and Families, Division of Children's System of Care
A toll free access line to obtain county-based services for children
http://www.nj.gov/dcf

New Jersey Disaster Mental Health Services (NJDMHS)   
The Disaster and Terrorism Branch has created a brochure addressing the impact of storms and flooding, as well as strategies for coping.  You can download the brochure here to learn more about how to manage the emotional impact of a severe storm or flood.
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmhs/disaster/

NJ HOPELINE - 855-654-6735
This hotline is the first New Jersey suicide prevention hotline. The NJ HOPELINE is committed to providing assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to anyone that makes a call for help.

New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline   1-866-202-4357   
NJMentalHealthCares is New Jersey's mental health information and referral service. Our staff of mental health professionals use their experience and understanding of the mental health system to connect you to the information and services you need!
http://www.njmentalhealthcares.org

NJ Rainbows   973-744-7676
Rainbows is an international, not-for-profit organization that fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis.
www.rainbows.org

OnGuardOnline         
OnGuardOnline (Internet Safety- providing practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. Also Net Cetera provides tips to help parents talk to kids about being online.)
http://www.onguardonline.gov/

Screening for Mental Health (Signs of Suicide Program)
Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) is dedicated to promoting the improvement of mental health by providing the public with education, screening, and treatment resources. SMH pioneered the concept of large-scale mental health screening and education programs in 1991, with its flagship program, National Depression Screening Day (NDSD). SMH programs—provided both in-person and online—educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol use disorders, and suicide.
http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org

Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program
The SDM/PS Program, housed at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, provides teachers with training and curricula for grades K through 8, to assist students in the acquisition of social and decision-making skills, and to develop their ability to effectively use those skills in real-life and academic situations. 
http://www.ubhcisweb.org/sdm

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) was started in 2006 by two fathers who had lost teenaged children to suicide.
Many organizations and groups around the country are dedicated to youth suicide prevention. One of the things that make SPTS unique, however, is its combination of business savvy and knowledge of evidence-based mental health practices.
http://www.sptsusa.org

Sources of Strength           
A comprehensive wellness program that works to use peer leaders to change norms around codes of silence and help seeking.
http://www.sourcesofstrength.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. In order to achieve this mission, SAMHSA has identified ‘8 Strategic Initiatives’ to focus the Agency's work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.
http://www.samhsa.gov/   

Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) (SPANUSA)              
Founded in 1996 by Jerry and Elsie Weyrauch with the goal of preventing suicide through public education, community action, and advocacy, the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) merged with AFSP in 2009 to create a public policy program within the Foundation.  This program is dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community engagement, and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy.
http://www.spanusa.org   

Suicide Prevention Lifeline             
Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless?  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
* Call for yourself or someone you care about                           
* Free and confidential
* A network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide             
* Available 24/7             
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/   

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)                                        
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.  Sources of Strength can be found on the SPRC Best Practices Registry. 
http://www.sprc.org

The Connect Project  
The Connect Project is a comprehensive community based approach to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. 
http://www.theconnectproject.org/

The 4 Action Initiative         
(9/11 Curriculum for Schools) The 4 Action Initiative is a joint project of: Families of September 11 was founded in October 2001 by relatives of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. The mission is to raise awareness about the effects of terrorism and public trauma and to champion domestic and international policies that prevent, protect against, and respond to terrorist acts. More than 2,400 friends and family members of people killed on September 11 have joined the organization since its founding.
https://sites.google.com/site/the4actioninitiative/   

Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing
This site is designed to provide information to mental health professionals, primary care clinicians, substance abuse counselors and school counselors on the workshops, books and consultations provided by TISI.
http://www.suicideassessment.com        

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools   
Operating under the auspices of the School Mental Health Project at UCLA, the national Center for Mental Health in Schools was established in 1995. Our mission and aims are to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing the field of mental health in schools.
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu

US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD 
The National Center for PTSD aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.
http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/providers

WHO Collaborating Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention      
At the Department of Public Health Sciences, we conduct research, teaching and consultancies based on the public health concept. The research focuses on health problems in the population and alleviation through community-based prevention and development of appropriate health care systems.
http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?l=en&d=11934 

Websites for Teens and College Students

JERSEY VOICE
A peer-to-peer website where youth and young adults can share their stories of hope, help and strength using stories, poems, music, photography, posters, videos and other creative outlets.
http://www.jerseyvoice.net

Depression Screening  
If think you might be suffering from depression here is a quick confidential survey that will provide you with a brief assessment and some resources if needed.
http://www.depression-screening.org/depression_screen.cfm

Half of Us       
The Half of Us campaign is an initiative of The Jed Foundation that uses stories of students and high-profile artists to increase awareness about mental health problems and the importance of getting help.
http://www.halfofus.com/default_splash.aspx

Reach Out    
(Information and support service using evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues.  All content is written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults.)  A great place to hear, read and watch stories by all kinds of people going through all kinds of tough times who got better. Find great resources, community and help! WE CAN HELP US!
http://us.reachout.com

The Jed Foundation                          
The Jed Foundation works nationally to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students.
https://www.jedfoundation.org/ 

The Trevor Project                        
This is a national 24 hr. toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay & questioning youth – The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. They are also the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.
http://www.thetrevorproject.org

To Write Love on Her Arms          
To Write Love on Her Arms is a sweet organization dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. They are extremely relevant, hang out with cool bands and make sweet shirts too!
http://www.twloha.com/ 

Grief Support Programs Children and Teens

2NDFLOOR, NJ Youth Helpline      1-888-222-2228
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.       
www.2ndfloor.org

Child Trauma Academy 
The Child Trauma Academy (CTA) is a not-for-profit organization, based in Houston, Texas, working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education.
http://www.childtrauma.org

Comfort Zone Camp     Montclair Office 1-866-488-5679 x120
Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.
www.comfortzonecamp.org    

Common Ground Grief Center
The Child Trauma Academy (CTA) is a not-for-profit organization, based in Houston, Texas, working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education.
http://www.commongroundgriefcenter.org

Dougy National Center for Grieving Children      
The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.  We provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.
http://www.dougy.org 

Good Grief, Inc., Morristown, NJ     908-522-1999
We provide services to children, teens and young adults who have lost a parent or sibling to death. We also provide services for the children's surviving parent(s) or caretaker.
http://www.good-grief.org  

Grief Speaks (1-973-912-0177) 
Grief Speaks: Giving every child, teenager and adult permission to grieve and providing grief with a voice by means of presentations and workshops that provide education, strategies, resources and support for children, teens and adults who are coping with grief due to all different types of loss.
http://www.griefspeaks.com/index

Imagine - A Center for Coping with Loss 908-264-3100
Imagine is a not-for-profit organization supporting children and adults coping with loss and to foster resiliency and emotional well-being for all those who grieve. They offer free year-round peer grief support groups for children age 3-18 who have had a parent or sibling die, and grief support groups for young adults 18-30 who have had a parent or sibling, friend or other family member die.
www.imaginenj.org

Sesame Workshop – Children’s Grief      
We are committed to the principle that all children deserve a chance to learn and grow; to be prepared for school; to better understand the world and each other; to think, dream and discover; to reach their highest potential.
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/grief

The Alcove
The Alcove's mission is to provide a safe place where children and their families who are grieving the death of a loved one can receive comfort and support through the healing process. Established in November 2001 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, the Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families provides bereavement support services for the Southern New Jersey area.
http://www.thealcove.org