School-Based Mental Health & Wellbeing
Welcome to the School-Based Mental Health & Wellbeing site
for the Ridgewood Public Schools.
Resources for students and families can be found here, as well as information about our School-Based Mental Health Services at all levels.
Our School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) model started with a general focus on simply “being with” young people in their natural habitat. Great emphasis was placed on hanging out with kids, showing interest in their lives, their feelings, their histories, and their personalities. Young people are perpetually in a state of expression. Their words, actions, likes/dislikes, reactions, responses, dreams, etc. are all a reflection of who they are, are in the process of becoming, and wish to become. By nature, kids want and need the stewardship of adults, and also by the same nature are confronted by the responsibilities, boundaries, and limits that adults provide. Nevertheless, they need the combination of these two forces to thrive. This understanding and thinking style has proven to be the most effective way to organically cultivate a school culture and climate that genuinely reflects compassion and support while fostering the four habits of lifelong learning: Resilience, Empathy, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.
Our goals are to:
Strengthen our capacity to provide prevention, intervention, and postvention (at all three tiers of service) in the form of meaningful student involvement and interaction - responding more positively to student need with an emphasis on working with students as opposed to working for them.
Create and promote a positive school culture and climate based on cultivating and sustaining healthy, secure, and attuned adult-student relationships that contribute to and nurture our student-centered school “family.”
Provide resources, suggestions, and information that will help our community maximize resilience and emotional well-being at this important time and beyond.
School-Based Mental Health Services
Support Organizations & Resources
If you or a family member are experiencing the signs or symptoms of a mental illness or feel you are in crisis, please call 911 for immediate assistance or call 201-262-HELP (4357). Crisis counselors are available 24/7 to guide you through the next steps of getting help.
New Jersey's System of Care (Contracted System Administrator - PerformCare): 877-652-7624 or
Bergen County Psychiatric Emergency Screening Program (24/7): 201-262-HELP
National Hopeline Network - Suicide Prevention: 1-800-SUICIDE
Runaway Hotline: 1-800 RUNAWAY
Youth Crisis Hotline: 800-448-4663
United Way Hotline: 2-1-1
Bergen County Dept of Health Services: 201-634-2600
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988
Mental Health and Support Organizations
Call 211 - United Way Community Response Hotline - when you don't need 911
Bergen Family Center, 201-342-9200
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center: 201-967-4000
Bergen's Promise, 877-652-7624
Care Plus, NJ: 201-265-8200
Children's Aid & Family Services: 201-445-7015
Fair Lawn Mental Health Center: 201-767-2660
Hackensack University Medical Center (Debra Simon Center for Integrative Behavioral Health & Wellness), 555-996-4450
High Focus Centers, 800-877-3628
New Jersey Community Resources
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Call or text 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
West Bergen Center for Children and Youth: 201-444-3550
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Bergen County Department of Health Services
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Department of Education Mental Health Resources
National Institute on Drug Abuse
New Jersey Mental Health Cares
NJDOE Online Safety Tips for Parents & Caregivers