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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

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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

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.

AFSP NJ Volunteer Week 2024

Volunteer Spotlight: Volunteer Week 2024

This month, we're excited to bring you a unique edition of our Volunteer Spotlight. To commemorate National Volunteer Week, we're highlighting seven of our exceptional volunteers who contribute to our chapter in diverse capacities. These individuals play pivotal roles across various areas

Christie Schweighardt

Volunteer Spotlight: Christie Schweighardt

"Christie joined the AFSP NJ Advocacy Committee because she understands that government decisions have a big impact on suicide prevention. She is passionate about making change not only in New Jersey but across the country and knows that advocacy is a major way to help implement change. She has experience advocating

Nutan Chaturvedi

Volunteer Spotlight: Nutan Chaturvedi

It's that time again: February Volunteer Spotlight! Today, we shine a light on Nutan Chaturvedi, a dedicated volunteer who has been making a difference with AFSP for the past 5 years.

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.