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Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), in collaboration with experts from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), created this Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention as an educational resource to identify strategies and key partnerships to support youth at risk for suicide.

Prevent Suicide NJ

Prevent Suicide NJ (PSNJ) is a comprehensive resource for suicide prevention. PSNJ strives to collaborate with state departments, professional and community organizations, schools and families to reduce suicide, diminish the stigma of suicide, and support those touched by suicide.


PSNJ is for all New Jersey residents including behavioral health providers, primary care providers, educators, suicide prevention experts and advocates, parents and caregivers, youth and young adults, suicide loss survivors, and anyone who wants to learn how they can stand united with NJ against youth suicide. This site is maintained by the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and funded by the NJ Department of Health, Division of Family Health Services, Child and Adolescent Health Program.

988 National Suicide & Crisis LifeLine

The 988 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 in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

NJ Suicide Prevention Resource Padlet

A compilation of resources for parents, educators teens and community gatekeepers.

Erika’s Lighthouse

Erika's Lighthouse is a grassroots, educational organization dedicated to raising awareness of adolescent depression and mental health for young people.

Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

The Warrior Families Group

The Warrior Moms Group is a amazing group of mothers who come together to support each other as they work through their children’s emotional stresses. They provide a safe space to share and exchange useful information and advice for those navigating the mental health system.

Alliance of Hope (for survivors of suicide loss)

The Alliance of Hope provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief, and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide. We hope that you will find resources here to help you deal with, and eventually heal from, the pain of your loss.

Friends for Survival

A bereavement outreach organization available to those who are grieving a suicide death of family or friends.  They also assist professionals who work with those who are grieving a suicide tragedy.  

The Columbia Lighthouse Project

The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), the most evidence-supported tool of its kind, is a simple series of questions that anyone can use anywhere in the world to prevent suicide.

The Therapy Show

The therapy show's mission is to demystify the mental health system for familes by explaining, in accessible terms, the various psychotherapy modalities clinicians use. In addition, they describe the different levels of treatment found in the mental health system. And finally they provide you a general understanding of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders.

Take 5 Steps 

Take 5 encourages everyone to take 5 minutes to complete five action items to prevent suicide. The action steps include: Learn the warning signs, Do your part, Practice self-care, Reach out, and Spread the word. 

Resources to Recover ( is a gateway website that helps families find resources and support for loved ones with mental health concerns. They offer families guidance, support and information on the best practices and providers in recovery-oriented mental health care.

Youth Mental Health Project

The Youth Mental Health Project will empower and equip you to better understand your children’s mental health needs, recognize warning signs when your children are struggling, and better advocate and find resources for your children.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

JED Foundation

JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. They partner with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems.

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

SPTS's mission is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.

Attitudes In Reverse (AIR)

Attitudes In Reverse’s mission is to create a community of understanding, kindness and empathy through mental health education and awareness. 

Caring Contact

Caring Contact is an award-winning, volunteer-staffed caring and crisis hotline and listening community. We provide active listening support and best-in-class education to the Central and Northern New Jersey community.

2nd Floor

2nd Floor provides a 24-hour-youth hotline in NJ  that offers an open entry point for teens regardless of the topic through a dedicated call center and interactive website.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI provides a wealth of information and resources for being battling mental health disorders and for their families.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

DBSA provides help, hope, support and education to help improve the lives of people dealing with mood disorders.

Minding Your Mind (MYM)

Minding Your Mind’s (MYM) primary objective is to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. 

Recovery Record — Eating Disorder Management

Best practice for eating disorder treatment.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

AADA works to prevent, treat and cure anxiety disorders and depression. It is an international nonprofit organization and a leader in education, training, and research for anxiety, OCD, PTSD, depression, and related disorders. 

Crisis Text Line

A free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis

Text HOME to 741741

A live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly to help you move from a hot moment to a cool calm to stay safe and healthy using effective active listening and suggested referrals – all through text message.

The Jason Foundation

Provides information about youth suicide and provides free educational materials for teachers and youth/workers. 


Know the 5 Signs

Pain isn't always obvious, but most suicidal people show some signs they are thinking of suicide. If you see even one warning sign speak up. 

Set To Go

A JED Program guide to transition from high school to college to adulthood. A resource for student and parents.  

Consumers Advocate: Best Online Therapy Options

More people are connecting with licensed therapists online, on video and via apps. It can be an affordable, private and convenient way to speak with a counselor. 

Comfort Zone Camp

A fun and safe place for grieving children. 

Mental Health America

MHA’s programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. 

Teen Mental Health

Teen Mental Health's mandate is to create, translate, and disseminate evidence-based research through a variety of mechanisms, including training programs, clinical tools, and resources that are accessible to anyone who might need them; all in the hope to better the lives of our youth.

Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide

Dequincy Lezine


Monochrome Days: A firsthand account of one teenager’s experience with depression

Cait Irwin


Mind Race: A first hand account of one teen’s experience with Bipolar

Patrick Jamieson

Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health-A Guide for Young Adults

Ross Szabo


Behind the Wall: The True Story of Mental Illness as told by Parents

Mary Widdifield & Elin Widdifield


I Had a Black Dog

Matthew Johnstone

The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help you Deal with Anxiety and Worry

Lisa M. Schab LCSW


When Nothing Matters Anymore – A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens

Bev Cobain, R.N.C. 1998


Conquering the Beast Within - How I Fought Depression and Won...and How You Can Too

Cait Irwin


Crazy: A father’s search through America’s Mental Health Madness

Pete Early


A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction

Patrick Kennedy


I'm Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help

Dr. Xavier Amador


Rescuing Your Teenager from Depression

Norman T. Berlinger, M.D., Ph.D. 2005.


Understanding Teenage Depression - A Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management

Maureen Empfield. M.D. and Nicholas Bakalar 2001


The Way Up From Down

Dr. Priscilla Slagle


Will's Choice

Gail Griffith

Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)


Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her

Linea & Cinda Johnson


Hurry Down Sunshine: A Father’s Story of Love and Madness

Michael Greenberg


Welcome to the Jungle

Hilary T. Smith


A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

Sue Klebold

An Unchanged Mind

John McKinnon, MD


Cracked, Not Broken

Kevin Hines


An Unquiet Mind

Kay Redfield Jamison


Night Falls Fast

Kay Redfield Jamison


Angel and the Dragon

Jonathan Aurthur


Remembering Garrett: One Family’s Battle with a Child’s Depression

Gordon Smith

Books on Suicide Loss


Dear Kurt

Lisa Ludwig

Finding Peace without all the Pieces

LaRita Archibald

Goodnight Mr. Vincent van Gogh

Lindsay Doolittle

(for young children)

After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief

Dr. Jack Jordan

The Forgotten Mourners: Sibling Survivors of Suicide

Magdaline DeSousa

Aftermath: Picking up the Pieces after a Suicide

Roe Gary

Bearing the Unbearable

Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D

Why People Die by Suicide

Dr. Thomas Joiner

Unfinished Conversations

Robert E. Lesoine

The After Journey 

Harry & Jenny Bruell

Understand Pain, Love and Healing After Suicide

Vonnie Woodrick

You Won't Always be this Sad

Sheree Fitch

No Time to Say Goodbye

Carla Fine


Without Tim

Lisa Schenke

A Mother's Story

Gloria Vanderbilt


My Son, My Son

Iris Bolton

His Bright Light

Danielle Steele

Surviving Bill

Mike Reynolds

After a Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal

Margo Requarth

Children, Teens & Suicide Loss

The Dougy Center

Luna's Red Hat: An Illustrated book to help children cope with loss & suicide

Emmi Smid


A Friend Asks


Virtual Hope Box

Not OK

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