Resources: Helplines for Youth & Parents
CONTACT: #211-available 24 hrs. day/7 days per week
Provides counseling, referrals, & crisis intervention
Offers the following programs: Teen Line, Kids Line, Pet Friends Grief Support, Sexual Assault Services
2ND Floor-Youth Helpline- 1-888-222-2228
Serves all youth and adults in the state of New Jersey
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, 1-877-652-7624
24 hrs. day/7 days per week
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 HealthCare
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.
TYPE OF RESOURCE
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
568 Ryders Lane|
18 Neilson Street
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
St. Bartholomew’s Church
Financial assistance possible – rent and utilities
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
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
Trained volunteers of Parents Anonymous who can provide support and refer to local resources
New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7
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.
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
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
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)
Mental Health/ Drug Alcohol
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
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
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
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.
Princeton Center for Eating Disorders
Princeton Center for Eating Disorders:
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.