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2023 Bergen County Walk

AFSP New Jersey

The New Jersey Chapter is fueled by the mission to save lives by providing education and support to the Garden State.

About the AFSP New Jersey Chapter

The New Jersey Chapter is fueled by the mission to save lives by providing education and support to the Garden State.

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

Volunteering with the New Jersey Chapter

We always welcome new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out the form below: 

Request a Program

The AFSP New Jersey Chapter offers many community programs for suicide prevention to individuals, organizations, and employers across the state. If you or the group you represent is interested in hosting a presentation, educational program, or professional training, please complete our Program Request Form.

Request Educational Materials

Hosting an awareness event or fundraising for AFSP within your school or local community? Please complete our Materials & Giveaways Request Form to have educational resources sent directly to you!

Weekly Quote

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." — Maya Angelou

For Urgent Assistance

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat

Chapter contact

Elizabeth Clemens
Executive Director, New Jersey
[email protected]
(908) 514-6028
Deanna Brugger
Programs Manager
[email protected]
Marissa Vargas
Special Events Manager
[email protected]

Upcoming events and activities

  • New Jersey Advocacy 101 - March 2024

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  • The College of New Jersey Campus Walk

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  • Rutgers University Campus Walk hosted by Omega Phi Alpha and Rutgers Student Health: HOPE

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  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Campus Walk

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  • Notre Dame High School Campus Walk

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  • NJ Ride to Fight Suicide

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  • Atlantic-Cape Walk

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  • Bergen County Walk

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  • Looking for even more? See all AFSP virtual programs across the country.

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More Than Sad

More Than Sad has taught over a million students and educators how to be smarter about mental health.

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It’s Real

It’s Real is a documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country.

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Talk Saves Lives™

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

Join the AFSP New Jersey Chapter

Stories and updates

CLC 2024

New Jersey: OVERALL Chapter of the Year!

Orlando, January 28, 2024: The AFSP New Jersey Chapter is honored to win the Richard B. Kirchhoff Overall Chapter of the Year award at the AFSP annual Chapter Leadership Conference!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Beth Fitch

Greetings New Jersey! We're excited to re-introduce a series that aims to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes in our community—the Volunteer Spotlight!  In this monthly series, we'll shine a spotlight on one exceptional volunteer who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in our community.

NJ Chapter Board Dec 2023

Meet the NJ Chapter Board

Meet the New Jersey Chapter Board. Wendy Sefcik (Board Chair) On December 1, 2010, Wendy’s 16-year-old son T.J. died by suicide. Since losing her son, she has ... Siobhan Power (Board Member) is the Assistant Director of Survey and Evaluation Research at the Bloustein Center for Survey Research at Rutgers University.

NJ Volunteers

Volunteer with the New Jersey Chapter!

All of our chapter operations are made possible with the dedication of volunteers across the State. Join us in our mission to #StopSuicide! Complete our Volunteer Application to get started!

Madison ISOSLD 2022

NJ Board Member Spotlight - Beth Stapleton

What brought you to AFSP?: I found AFSP after I lost my son Brian in May 2018. I went into research mode looking for more information, and I discovered AFSP. The first activity I got involved with was leading a team in memory of my son at the 2018 Hoboken Walk.

AFSP NJ/SPTS Joint Press Conference

AFSP NJ/SPTS Joint Press Conference

On May 31st, AFSP NJ held a press conference in Red Bank, NJ with the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide. The two organizations joined forces to emphasize the importance of mental health awareness and suicide prevention in New Jersey