• Resources: Helplines for Youth & Parents

    CONTACT: #211-available 24 hrs. day/7 days per week nj211
    Provides counseling, referrals, & crisis intervention 
    Offers the following programs: Teen Line, Kids Line, Pet Friends Grief Support, Sexual Assault Services
    Website: www.nj211.org


    2ND Floor-Youth Helpline- 1-888-222-2228
    Serves all youth and adults in the state of New Jersey2nd
    Trained professionals respond to the issues: peer/family relationships, bullying, and substance abuse. 
    Has an interactive web site, www.2ND FLOOR.org. It features surveys and an interactive message board that gives young people the opportunity to raise issues and get answers online. 


    Perform Care, 1-877-652-7624pc
    24 hrs. day/7 days per week
    Website: www.performcarenj.org
    Is a full-service behavioral health managed care company in NJ Children’s System of Care for children, youth, and young adults who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges
    Provides the following services: Screening, Youth Case Mgmt Services, Intensive In-Community Services, Mobile Response and Stabilization Services.


    University Behavioral HealthCarerutgers
    671 Hoes Ln W, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
    Open 24 Hours
    Acute Psychiatric Services (APS) provides primary psychiatric emergency and crisis intervention, both on and off-site, for individuals of all ages, including children and adolescents. These services are located on the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Piscataway campus in the UBHC facility located at 671 Hoes Lane, and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-855-515-5700 for more information.



     Media Violence and Youth - Impact of a Child's Exposure to Media Violence




    Parent Resources (General)
    Multiple resources for parents including parenting tips, health and wellness, as well as family support services.


    New Jersey Community Resources (General)
    Resources for a child or adolescent with behavioral or mental health challenges? There is a network of agencies and online resources in all twenty-one counties that offer a wide range of information about resources, services and support systems for families and children.


    Financial Resources/Food Pantries


    Bear Necessities Clothing Den


    Aldersgate Church (open to all)

    568 Ryders Lane
    East Brunswick, NJ 08816

    Elijah’s Promise

    568 Ryders Lane|
    18 Neilson Street
    East Brunswick, NJ 08816

    St. Bartholomew’s Church
    Financial assistance possible – rent and utilities


    Water Assistance


    Universal Assistance Fund: Utilities assistance



    Middlesex County Social Services

    NJ Family Care (Health Insurance)

    732-745-3500   or 732-745-3729

    Homelessness Prevention Hotline


    NJ STEPS – Solutions to End Poverty Soon



    2-1-1: Hotline connecting callers to local human resource organizations


    NJ Helps:
    Services/Programs for children, individuals, and families, including pre-screening for eligibility for programs such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, and others.




    2nd Floor Youth Helpline---24/7
    Every single day, thousands of New Jersey's children, teens and young adults face problems ranging from family struggles and bullying to child abuse and suicide. But with your help, we can make sure that all young people have a free, safe place to turn regardless of the issue or severity.

    If you have an emergency, call your local police or 911.
    1-888-222-2228 (text or call)


    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7
    National network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.


    New Jersey Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline---24/7

    1-877-652-2873 (1-877-NJABUSE)

    Family Helpline--24/7
    Trained volunteers of Parents Anonymous who can provide support and refer to local resources

    1-800-843-5437 (1-800-THE-KIDS)

    New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7


    Women Aware:
    24/7 hotline
    Our mission is to promote the safety and self-sufficiency of individuals and families affected by domestic violence in Middlesex County, New Jersey.

    250 Livingston Avenue
    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

    Mom2Mom (24/7 helpline): supports for parents with children who have special needs
    Mom2Mom is a 24-hour, 7 day a week helpline coordinated by UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare. The helpline  features peer support, telephone assessments, a network of referral services and support groups.

    (877) 914-6662

    Crisis Resources for Students and Families At-Risk


    Mobile Response & Stabilization Response Services:
    Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help children and youth who are experiencing emotional or behavioral crisis. The services are designed to defuse an immediate crisis, keep children and their families safe, and maintain the children in their own homes or current living situation (such as a foster home, treatment home or group home) in the community.


    University Behavioral Health Care-Piscataway (Acute Psychiatric Services)--UBHC-APS:
    24 hour psychiatric walk-in services to serve individuals of all ages who require emergency level of care.

    671 Hoes Lane West
    Piscataway Township, NJ 08854

    Rutgers Psychological Services Clinic:
    Outpatient mental health services

    152 Frelinghuysen Road
    Piscataway, NJ 08854

    Community Resources


    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
    NAMI New Jersey (NAMI NJ) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Through education, support, advocacy and public awareness programs NAMI NJ fosters understanding about mental illness, confronts stigma often associated with mental disorders, advocates for public policies that benefit those affected by mental illness, and promotes research into the causes, treatment and recovery of mental health disorders.
    --Multiple bilingual services and resources are available for Non-Native Speakers

    (732) 940-0991
    NAMI New Jersey
    1562 US Highway 130
    N Brunswick, NJ 08902-3090





    Books that can be used to support elementary students with grief/loss:
    When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Deathby Laurie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown

    The Tenth Good Things about Barney by Judith Viorst

    The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr

    The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Agesby Leo Buscaglia

    Sesame Street (includes videos, downloadable books, and resources)

    Grief Speaks www.griefspeaks.com

    How to Help a Grieving Child | Grief Resources | The Dougy Center


    Traumatic Grief | The National Child Traumatic Stress Network


    Mental Health/ Drug Alcohol


    Catholic Charities
    Outpatient Counseling Services
    Sliding Scale available
    Spanish speaking counselor available

    Access Center @ 732-324-8200
    East Brunswick Family Service Center
    288 Rues Lane,
    East Brunswick, NJ, 08816


    Jewish Family & Children’s Service:
    JFCS provides programs and services for seniors and the elderly, counseling for individuals, groups and families, assistance for immigrants and refugees by offering legal, educational and social services, along with a wide range of other services which included educational, vocational, career,  and training services for employers and job seekers; adoption services; and an essential needs program to assist families in crisis.

    32 Ford Avenue, Second Floor
    Milltown, NJ 08850

    Carrier Clinic
    Self payment, Private health insurance
    Sliding fee scale


    252 County Road 601
    Belle Mead, NJ 08502


    Princeton House BehavioraHealth
    Most major insurances

    Medicare & Medicaid accepted


    905 Herrontown Road
    Princeton, NJ 08540


    New Brunswick Counseling Center
    Sliding scale fee
    Medicaid accepted
    Bilingual (Spanish) professional on staff


    320 Suydam Street
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901


    High Focus Centers


    6 Paragon Way Suite 104
    Freehold, NJ 07728


    Substance Abuse Only


    New Hope Integrated Behavioral Health Care
    DUI initiative funded
    Sliding scale fee; indigent clients accepted statewide
    Bilingual (Spanish) professional on staff


    80 Conover Road
    Marlboro, NJ 07746


    LGBT Resources


    PFLAG: Working to make sure that all people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer are not only valued by society, but take pride in and value themselves. We do this through providing peer-to-peer support, educating people on the issues that are important to the community, and advocating for inclusive policies and laws.


    GLSEN: Our mission is to ensure that every member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


    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 youth.



    Eating Disorders


    Princeton Center for Eating Disorders

    Princeton Center for Eating Disorders:


    ADMISSIONS: 609-853-7575

    The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey

    174 Union Street
    Ridgewood, NJ 07450



    Educational Resources for NJ Families


    New Jersey Families Portal
    Provides support and information related to parent and family engagement in student learning and development.