Where to turn

According to the National Institute of Mental Health one in every four Americans suffer from some type of mental illness, ranging from panic disorders to depression. Nearly 14 million live with a serious mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and severe depression.

People often don’t know where to turn when dealing with a loved one who has a serious mental illness. Below are resources that can help you to link to services and supports.

  • Mental Health Association in New Jersey

    http://www.njmentalhealthcares.org  866-202-4357

    New Jersey’s behavioral health information and referral service staffed by behavioral care specialist who use their experience and understanding of behavioral health system to connect people to the information and services they need.

    http://www.njconnectforrecovery.org   855-652-3737 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.

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org) provides a program geared toward healthy living strategies and skill-building resources for adults. The course is free, confidential and led by trained individuals in recovery from mental illness. The organization also facilitates a discussion group called Teen Consumers, which provides a healthy environment for teenagers to discuss their diagnoses and treatments. The National Alliance on Mental Illness also offers support groups for parents of teens with mental illness. The nonprofit’s website provides a state-by-state directory of local support groups. It has a hotline for general information, referrals and support: 800-950-6264. Its hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ETD weekdays.

  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together people and communities to “understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes.” Those in crisis can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 to talk to a counselor.