State of NJ Mental Health & Addiction Resources
This list of mental health and addiction recovery resources includes depression support groups in NJ and throughout the country, suicide prevention organizations and hotlines, national mental health informational hotlines, resources for families, parents, children, low-income households, and more.
Directory of Mental Health Services: Tip – start with your county’s resources first.
If you do not find the help or support you are looking for, please contact us.
N.J. Statewide 24/7 Suicide Hotline: (855) 654-6735; www.njhopeline.com
NJ drug addiction hotline: 1-844-REACH
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222; www.aapcc.org
By dialing 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone, you can reach a specialist who will provide information and referral services about a variety of issues including: Basic Human Needs Resources, Support for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, Support for Children, Youth and Families, Physical and Mental Health Resources and Employment Supports.
www.nj211.org; (instant messaging also available online); 211
The Addiction Hotline (1-844-276-2777) provides trained clinically supervised telephone specialists who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to educate, assist, interview and/or refer individuals and families battling addictions. Calls are free and information shared is confidential.
Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous states that its primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety, through a supportive community and following a 12-step Program. www.aa.org. To find a meeting in NJ, visit www.nnjaa.org or call 800-245-1377. At Al-Anon Family Group meetings, the friends and family members of problem drinkers share their experiences and learn how to apply the principals of the
At Al-Anon Family Group meetings, the friends and family members of problem drinkers share their experiences and learn how to apply the principals of the Al-Anon program to their individual situations. To find a meeting, visit www.al-anon.org or call 888-4AL-ANON (888-425-2666).
At Narcotics Anonymous, we offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. To find a meeting, visit www.na.org, or call 800-992-0401.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the only national non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-New Jersey Chapter- (732) 462-5267 (Central NJ), (201) 916-1994 (Northern NJ)
* IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS, PLEASE CALL: 1 800-273-8255
Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey
As a mission-based, consumer/survivor driven organization, CSP-NJ exists to provide consumer-driven mental health services that support recovery and promote community living. CSP-NJ has created a consumer-driven alternative to the traditional mental health system.
www.cspnj.org; (732) 780-1175
Community Health Law Project
Provides legal and advocacy services, training, education, and related activities to persons with disabilities and to organizations representing their interests, with an emphasis on those most vulnerable and needy.
www.chlp.org; (973) 275-1175
Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ
This service provides 24-hour information to help compulsive gamblers and referrals to self-help groups and counseling services.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure for mood disorders. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. DBSA holds a support group at Carrier Clinic® every Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Amphitheatre.
www.dbsalliance.org; (800) 826-3632
Department of Children and Families, Children’s System of Care
Formerly The Division of Child Behavioral Health Services (DCBHS), CSOC serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families. They are committed to providing these services based on the needs of the child and family in a family-centered, community-based environment.
www.nj.gov/dcf/about/divisions/dcsc/; (877) 652-7624
Division of Child Protection & Permanency
Child Protection and Permanency, CP&P (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services, DYFS), is New Jersey’s child protection and child welfare agency within the Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and to support families. CP&P is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranging for the child’s protection and the family’s.
www.nj.gov/dcf/about/divisions/dcpp/; (800) 332-9227
Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
The Divisions of Addiction Services and Mental Health Services were merged to form the Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS). DMHAS utilizes data from emerging science to offer effective, outcome-oriented treatment and use its resources to support consumers in achieving wellness and recovery.
Freedom From Fear
The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depression, and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.
Mental Health Association in New Jersey
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for children and adults to achieve mental health through advocacy, education, training, and services.
www.mhanj.org; (800) 367-8850
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.
National Alliance on Mental Illness New Jersey
NAMI NEW JERSEY provides education, support, and systems advocacy to empower families and persons with mental illness. Affiliate self-help and grassroots advocacy groups located in each county offer emotional support, information, and advice about treatment and community resources.
www.naminj.org; (732) 940-0991
National Institute of Mental Health
The NIMH is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. Our mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
NJ Association of Mental Health & Addiction Agencies
www.njamhaa.org; (609) 838-5488
NJ Connect for Recovery
This is the only call line in New Jersey dedicated to providing counseling specifically to individuals and families who are coping with addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers.
Toll-free: (855) 652-3737 (TTY: 877-294-4356); www.njconnectforrecovery.org
NJ Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 572-SAFE (7233)
NJ Department of Human Services
DHS serves individuals and families with low incomes; people with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, or late-onset disabilities; people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind; parents needing child care services, child support and/or healthcare for their children; and families facing catastrophic medical expenses for their children.
The NJ Helps DHS Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a one-stop shopping resource for the wide range of programs and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families, and communities in New Jersey.
New Jersey Hospital Association
The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) is a non-profit trade organization committed to helping New Jersey hospitals and health systems provide quality, accessible and affordable care to their communities. It offers an array of services and resources, including advocacy, data, education and many others, to support hospitals in their caring mission.
NJ Mental Health Cares
NJMentalHealthCares.org is New Jersey’s mental health information and referral service. Our staff of mental health professionals uses their experience and understanding of mental health system to connect you to the information and services you need!
www.njmentalhealthcares.org; (866) 202-4357; TTY: 1-877-294-4356; [email protected]
NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse
The New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, located in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, a department of Saint Clare’s Health System, provides information, telephone support, guidelines, and training services for persons interested in finding or forming self-help groups throughout New Jersey.
www.njgroups.org; (800) 367-6274
N.J. State Department of Education: Special Education
www.state.nj.us/education; (877) 900-6960
Parents Support Group
Parent Support Group of New Jersey Inc. helps mothers and fathers to understand and cope with the disease of addiction. Carrier Clinic® hosts a Parents Support Group meeting every Monday from 7-8:30 pm in the Conference Center.
www.psgnjhomestead.com; (800) 561-4299; (973) 533-9070
PTA is an organization whose members care about ALL children and youth – the school that they attend, the communities that they live in, and their opportunities for growth into happy, healthy, responsible citizens. PTA is democracy at work – making a place for all citizens regardless of color, race, religious belief, political preference, or economic and social status.
www.njpta.org; (609) 587-0100
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
The mission of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network is to empower and support families and inform and involve professionals and others interested in the healthy development and education of children and youth.
www.spannj.org; (800) 654-SPAN; (973) 642-8100
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (na.org) has established a clear vision for its work — a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources — programs, policies, and grants — toward that outcome.
Veterans Counseling Hotline
ubhc.rutgers.edu/vet2vet; 1-866-VETS-NJ4 (1-866-838-7654)