Monmouth County: Mental Health Resources That Can Help During Crisis

September is Suicide Prevention Month

By Stephanie Freeman and Stacey Jones September 10, 2023

September is World Suicide Prevention Month and is a good time to remind ourselves that our words, actions, and support can truly make a difference in the lives of those who are facing the darkness of mental health challenges. We must acknowledge the pain that some individuals are silently enduring and let them know they are not alone. It's also a good time to share national and local resources in place to help those in crisis.

Mental health resources

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 immediately. Uncomfortable on the phone? You can chat the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at Know you are not alone. There is help available, and there are people who care deeply about your well-being. 

Along with the national Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, there are also several options in our communities in Monmmouth County for finding help for you or someone you know who is experiencing a mental health crisis or thoughts of suicide. Some of those options include:

  • New Jersey Hopeline 1-855-654-6735
  • Designated Screening Services in NJ for psychiatric emergencies, crisis intervention services, information, and referrals - 732-923-6999, 732-923-6909, 732-923-6925
  • Mental Health Association of Monmouth County 732-542-6422

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Offer kindness, empathy, and support

During this World Suicide Prevention Month, let's be a beacon of hope for those in need. Our willingness to offer unwavering support, paired with our capacity to listen without judgment, can alter the trajectory of someone's life. Together, we can work towards creating a community where mental health is openly discussed, where struggles are met with compassion, and where every individual knows that they matter.

Let's unite in kindness, empathy, and solidarity. Let's light up the darkness with love and understanding. Remember, there's always hope – and there's always help.