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This peer-to-peer Web site, Jersey Voice, helps to promote suicide prevention and encourages youth and young adults to communicate creatively about the difficult times they are experiencing so their messages can help peers encountering similar problems.

http://www.2ndfloor.org, funded by Department of Child and Families, serves all youth and young adults in New Jersey. Youth who call the hotline receive assistance with daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers. Anonymity and confidentiality are assured except in life-threatening situations. The American Association of Suicidology accredits 2ND Floor youth helpline. Jersey Voice helps teens and young adults in New Jersey who have ever had a horrible day, struggled with mental health, or lost a loved one. Jersey Voice is a peer-to-peer website that encourages teens and young adults to use their own unique Jersey voices to help each other, recognize their strengths, promote resiliency, and inspire hope. Mobile Response and Crisis Screening, Mobile Response and Stabilization Services, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and help children and youth who are experiencing emotional or behavioral crises. The services are designed to defuse an immediate crisis, keep children and their families safe, and maintain children in their own homes or current living situation (such as a resource foster home, treatment home or group home) in the community.

Our Education and Prevention Programs for Teens and Young Adults

Community Programs for Mental Health and Suicide Awareness

Our efforts to prevent suicide begin with increasing public and professional awareness of suicide as a mental health and public health problem.
Our innovative educational materials help teachers, parents, youth, and community leaders to understand suicide risk factors and warning signs, and support their efforts to assist those at risk for suicide to get the help they need.
We also collect and disseminate the latest research on suicide causation and prevention to physicians and mental health professionals so that they may more easily recognize and reduce suicide risk. And we work to reduce the stigma that deters so many people from seeking help.
AFSP seeks to reduce suicide and suicide attempts by developing and implementing our own innovative approaches to suicide prevention.

BECOME AN AFSP ADVOCATE IN NEW JERSEY

AFSP’s New Jersey advocacy volunteers build relationships with public socials and advocate on behalf of sound suicide prevention policy.
To get involved, contact: 
Nicole Gibson
AFSP Senior Manager of State Advocacy ngibson@afsp.org

DCF’s Division of Family and Community Partnerships is the state’s lead agency for youth suicide prevention. DCF recognizes the value of building partnerships within and among State and local systems, with community service providers, the private sector, foundations, universities and the media in combating youth suicide. Core suicide prevention programs for youth and families in New Jersey include:

Traumatic Loss Coalition
The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC) at University Behavioral Health at Rutgers is funded by the DCF. TLC is an interactive, statewide network that offers collaboration and support to professionals working with school-age youth. TLC’s dual mission is excellence in suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following losses due to suicide, homicide, accident, and illness.

*Know whom to contact in your community*

NJ Hopeline (1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735)) is New Jersey's peer support and suicide prevention hotline. Specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, seven day per week. Screening/crisis centers were established in each county for individuals in emotional crisis who cannot wait for a regular appointment for services. Emergency services are provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are typically located in hospitals. An individual may either walk in without an appointment or be brought by a parent, friend, spouse, police, mental health worker, or any other concerned individual. If the person in crisis is unable or unwilling to come to the center, a mobile outreach team can be sent to the person.
For information about adult mental health services, visit the Department of Human
Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services' (DMHAS) web site at:
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/divisions/dmhas/

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