The Counseling Center- Hotlines



  • 911

If you are experiencing a life – threatening emergency, call 911 from your phone.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

  Depression is treatable and suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know is in emotional pain, call this 24-hour crisis hotline. For further information, view the YouTube video, “Suicide Affects Everyone.”

  • New Jersey Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735

New Jersey’s 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline.  Need someone to talk to?  Specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

  • Samaritan’s Crisis Hotline: 1-212-673-3000

Staffed by highly trained volunteers, the Samaritans are dedicated to listening and helping if you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or isolated and cannot turn to family or friends.

  •  2nd Floor: 1-888-222-2228

2ndfloor is a statewide helpline that provides 24/7 comfort, advice and information to young people ages 10 – 24. Young people can call 2ndfloor to talk or if they just need someone to listen. No topic is off limits, and all calls are anonymous and confidential.

  • Caldwell University Helpline: 973-618-3689

Caldwell University’s Helpline is a free, anonymous, confidential, non-judgmental peer telephone counseling and referral service. If you need a listening ear, give them a call.  (Not a 24-hour helpline*)

  • National Graduate Student Crisis Hotline:  1-877-472-3457

Immediate help for grads in crisis.  Graduate students facing overwhelming stress or despair can speak anonymously with a counselor specially trained in graduate issues.


  • Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386

Trevor Lifeline is dedicated to youth dealing with thoughts of suicide or self-harm.  Trained staffers will take your calls and help you at any time of the day or night.  No issue is off limits.

  • GLBTQ National Help Line: 1-888 – 843-4564 (if under 21, call 1-800-246-7743)

This is a national help line run by peers and allies of the LGBTQ community. They will listen to your concerns and can also refer you to LGBTQ-friendly services and organizations.

  • GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project: 1-800- 832-1901

This hotline can give you information about developing safety plans, safe houses, legal resources, and additional crisis intervention options.

Domestic Violence

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

A free and confidential hotline for victims of domestic violence. Services provided include information, education, safety planning and referrals to local agencies and programs

Sexual Assault

  • The National Sexual Assault 24-hour Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

A free and confidential hotline for victims of sexual assault, rape and, or incest. Information, education, risk reduction.

  • Essex County’s 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-877-733-2273)

A team of staff and volunteer Rape Care Advocates are available for mobile dispatch to hospitals and police stations around the clock to assist victims as they go through the difficult procedures and decision-making process following an assault.


  • Vet-to-Vet: 1-866-838-7654

A confidential toll-free hotline that was created for veterans who reside in New Jersey. Peer counselors are available to answer veteran’s calls seven days a week, 24 hours a day about dealing with distress and readjusting to civilian life. Clinicians respond to inquiries and make referrals related to handling bouts of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and frequent nightmares. Family members of vets are also encouraged to call this helpline.

Text Hotlines

  • Crisis Text Line: 741741

Text 741741 when in crisis for 24 / 7 confidential support. A live, trained crisis counselor receives your text and will respond quickly.

  • New Jersey Hopeline:

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