Summer Heat Risks When Taking Psychiatric Medications
Individuals taking psychiatric medications should take extra precautions during the summer. Psychiatric meds may impair the body's ability to regulate its own temperature. For more information, view the flyer in English or Spanish
For resources and contact information, please see the 2023 Stigma free Guide
If You Need Help Now
If you or a loved one is experiencing thoughts of or has a plan of suicide or harm to self or others immediately call Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services at 856-845-9100. If you or your loved one is in imminent danger, call 911 immediately.
Law Enforcement Officer
Call 866-267-2267 COP 2 COP is a free and confidential 24-hour telephone Helpline. It is available exclusively for law enforcement officers and their families to help deal with personal or job-related stress and behavioral healthcare issues.
Call 866-838-7654 New Jersey Vet2Vet is a 24 hour/7-day a week helpline coordinated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. The helpline features peer counseling for Veterans, members of the Air/Army National Guard, and family members.
If You Need Someone to Talk to
- If you are age 10 to 24, call the 2nd Floor at 888-222-2228 or visit the 2nd Floor website.
- You can also access 24/7 support at the National Suicide Crisis and Prevention Lifeline at 9-8-8.
- If you are unsure if you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, call Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services at 845-9100.
Family Members of Someone Experiencing a Mental Illness
- If your family member is experiencing a mental illness, and you are looking for support and education about their mental illness, how you can assist, or information about the mental health system, contact the Gloucester County National Alliance on Mental Illness via phone at 856-582-7461, email National Alliance on Mental Illness or visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website.
- You can also access support and education through Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS), a program offered through Acenda. For more information, call IFSS at 1-844-422-3632
Mental Health Services
- If you are in need of mental health services, such as counseling or medication monitoring, the best place to start is to call the back of your insurance card and ask for a list of in-network providers.
- Speak to someone about information and referrals contact New Jersey Mental Health Cares at 866-202-4357 or 877-294-4356 (TTY).
- For a list of state-funded resources, visit the New Jersey Directory of Mental Health Services (PDF).
Mental Health & Mental Illness
- For more information about what you can do to get involved, visit New Jersey National Alliance for Mental Illness
- Search various topics surrounding Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Addiction, visit Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counseling (NJDRCC) Volunteers
The need for certifying crisis response workers became apparent in the aftermath of 9/11 when the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services operated its largest FEMA-funded disaster response program in its history. Many lessons were learned from 9/11, with one of the principle lessons being the critical need for an organized, well-trained, and credentialed workforce. The NJDRCC certification began as a credentialing pilot project in August 2004, when community forums were held to gather information and expertise on the subject. It became the Disaster and Terrorism Branch’s mission to develop and sustain a qualified volunteer workforce.