Mental Health and Wellness Resources for Young Adults
Returning to the classroom and regular activities after the disruptions of COVID-19 may cause stress and anxiety for students of any age. These feelings are normal and to be expected; everyone has tough days, but if children or adolescents are exhibiting unusual behavior for extended periods, they may be in need of additional support and care. We created this webpage to guide young people and their families to resources that promote student health and well-being, including mental health.
- Call or text for help or advice
- Help in a crisis
If you want to text someone to work through a crisis moment—anytime you're feeling a painful emotion and need support—text the Crisis Text Line.
Text NJ to 741741
- Coping with COVID-19
If you want to learn more about ways you can cope and adjust as we continue to deal with COVID-19, you can refer to the resources at Active Minds.
- Supports for LGBTQIA+ Youth
If you are in crisis and would like to talk to someone who is understanding of the challenges LGBTQ youth face, you can call, text or message a counselor at the Trevor Project. Text Start to 678-678 or Call 1-866-488-7386
- Tools to support your mental health
For specific help and supports tailored to your feelings or situation, refer to this toolkit from the Jed Foundation: I Want to Take Care of my Mental Health | The Jed Foundation
- Identifying mental health challenges
If you are a parent or caregiver looking for help on identifying and responding to youth mentalh health challenges, learn more from MentalHealth.gov about how to spot and respond to early warning signs.
- Pandemic tips for parents
If you are a parent looking for how to support your children's social, emotional, and mental well-being as we continue to face COVID, here is a resource kit from the CDC.
- Additional resources for families, caregivers and youth
The Children's System of Care connects youth and their families to services for behavioral health, substance use treatment, and intellectual or developmental disabilities. Parents can call PerformCare 24 hours a day to learn about available services if you think your child needs help with an emotional or behavioral problem.
- Mental health training for educators
If you are an educator looking for training regarding youth mental health crises and suicide prevention, you can find resources and professional development at the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website.
- Resources for educators
If you are an educator looking to learn more about effective ways to support your students' mental health in the classroom, you can refer to resources from the National Center for School Mental Health.
- Trauma-informed educator care principles
For a toolkit to help build relationships with students, create safe classroom environments, and support educator self-care, refer to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators.
- Crisis and bereavement training for educators
If you are an educator looking for training to help youth navigate loss and the grieving process, you can find training resources at the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.