Mental Health Health Association Support Groups Clearinghouse

Mental Health is an important component of overall health and wellbeing. Here is a link to the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties (MHAEM), a service provider that is committed to compassionate, dignified and empowering treatment as we guide our society’s most vulnerable citizens along their individual paths to Wellness and Recovery. 

In the event of a psychiatric crisis and you need intervention: call Crisis Intervention Services (973) 844-HELP (4357). 
A crisis is a situation where the person is a danger to him/herself, and/ or others. The person does not need to be officially diagnosed with a mental health issue. This service is provided by Clara Maass Medical Center who is the designated provider of Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services (PESS).


Websites for Other Resources for Mental Health Support:

Family Support Organization of Essex County  The Family Support Organization of Essex County offers support groups for families and caregivers of children with a variety of special needs, especially behavioral, emotional and mental health challenges. We provide a supportive environment where parents health parents learn new strategies to effect positive vhange in their families and create long lasting relationships. Our goal is to engage, educate and equip families and ensure that they have access to the resources they need to become effective advocates for their children. 60 Evergreen Place, Suite 41 East Orange, NJ 07018   (973) 395-1441.  Warmline is available M-F, 9 am- 5 pm for families.  

SOMA Depression and Bipolar Alliance, We are an independent mood-disorder self-help support group, in the process of affiliating with DBSA. People who are living with depression or bipolar disorder, or who are family members or supporters of such persons, are welcome.When: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.  Where: Ethical Culture Society, 516 Prospect St (corner of Parker Ave), Maplewood, NJ 07040  Helpful Information: We meet on the second floor. Street parking is available.  Facebook page:

PerformCare   Provide Mobile Crisis / In Home Therapy.  When a child is facing challenges to their functioning and well-being, finding the right services and support can be overwhelming.  PreformCare is committed to helping you access the right services for your child.

  • Behavioral health.  Find help for a child or adolescent who has behavioral, mental health, or emotional challenges. 
  • Intellectual and developmental disability services.  Find services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including eligibility and application materials.
  • Substance use treatment services.  Find information about substance use treatment services and resources for eligible youth.

Cope Center COPE Center is a non-profit agency that strengthens communities by helping people overcome challenges with drugs, alcohol, family and AIDS. 

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest New Jersey JFS is the MetroWest community’s premier mental health and social service agency providing comprehensive behavioral healthcare and related social services to over 6,000 members of the Jewish and general communities in Essex, Morris, Sussex, and North Union counties.  Services provided for:

  • Children, Teens and Parents
  • Adults and Older Adults
  • Individuals with Disabilities 
  • Domestic Violence: Rachel Coalition

Resolve Community Counseling Center RESOLVE COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER is a private, nonprofit* mental health agency in Scotch Plains, New Jersey dedicated to providing quality and affordable counseling, advocacy and educational programs for children, adolescents and adults, individuals and families.  Daytop provides outpatient and residential treatment for Substance Abuse   

The Counseling Center at West Caldwell Substance Abuse and Mental Health Outrpatient Treatment Centers

Social Services Directory of Essex County, NJ [PDF]

Family Connections NJ

Mental Health Association of New Jersey

Expanding the Awareness of Mental Health in Childhood and Adolescence [PDF]

National Association on Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mental Health Page 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Learn to become a certified trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.  Program provided by the National Council for Behavioral Health 

Suicide Resources 
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.
  • 2nd Floor  (888) 222-2228  2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults. We are here to help you find solutions to the problems that you face and we are available 24/7 365 days a year.If you are between the ages of 10 and 24, live in New Jersey, and need to talk about an issue or problem that you are facing call us at (888) 222-2228
  • New Jersey HOPELINE (855) 654-6735  When you want to give up, tell yourself you will hold off for just one more day, hour, minute — then call us.Our specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 day per week.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 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.
  • Dream Free (800) 286-4184

  • Myths and Facts about Suicide and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury ([PDF] Mental Health First Aid)

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Suicide Prevention

Maplewood Township Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources Webpage

Maplewood Township Youth Health  Resources Webpage