Calling Essex County youth in grades 6 - 12! Help decrease underage substance abuse and win prizes! Click here for details. Your relationship with your teen shifts dramatically as her independence increases, and being mindful of the milestones along the way can help ease the transition. Come to our free parent workshop on Countdown to a Successful Launch 5/18 (Montclair), 5/30 (West Orange). Pre-registration required. Contact Susan Johnson at

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New Jersey 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline:

Are you a teen looking for help? If you’re down and feeling like there is no one to turn to, know that you are not alone.
Call the New Jersey 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline for someone to talk to:

What are the warning signs that someone may be at risk? If you are concerned about someone, ask yourself the following questions. Has your friend or family member shown or shared any of the following:

  1. Talking about wanting to die, be dead, or about suicide, or are they cutting or burning themselves?
  2. Feeling like things may never get better, seeming like they are in terrible emotional pain (like something is wrong deep inside but they can’t make it go away), or they are struggling to deal with a big loss in their life?
  3. Or is your gut telling you to be worried because they have withdrawn from everyone and everything, have become more worried or on edge, seem unusually angry, or just don’t seem normal to you?

For more information about warning signs for youths, click here.



Supporting Parents of Essex County, NJ is a website sponsored by the COPE Center, that offers Essex County, NJ families a comprehensive source of information about events, programs, and resources. Focusing on local resources, we are families’ first stop to find up-to-date parenting advice, the go-to website to find parenting works and programs that parents need to navigate the challenges of twenty-first century parents in a world where we are bombarded with information. You can have confidence that the Supporting Parents of Essex County, NJ website will lead you to information that helps you make the most of family life.