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Suicide Prevention

Mental Health Emergency/Crisis Resources

There are both on and off campus resources that you can use if experiencing a mental health emergency.

Ramapo Counseling Services Offers Emergency Counseling 24/7/365.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency during business hours (M-F 8:30-4:30), please come to D-216 or call our main line at 201-684-7522 to be connected with our emergency on-call therapist. Alternatively, you may call 911 or go to your local emergency room.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after the office has closed (nights after 4:30 pm or weekends), simply call the main line at 201-684-7522 and follow the prompt (“Press 2”) for immediate assistance. Alternatively, you may call 988, 911, or go to your local emergency room.

There are a variety of crisis hotlines for anyone experiencing a mental health emergency.

  • The Suicide & Crisis Hotline:
    • Call or text “988” to be connected with an emergency counselor if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, a mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365. Confidentiality is limited in instances where a caller is an imminent danger to themselves or others.
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Textline – Text START to 741-741
  • NJ Hopeline (24/7 Peer Support and Suicide Prevention Hotline); 1-855-654-6735 or text
  • 2ndFloor Youth Helpline for NJ residents aged 10-24: call or text 1-888-222-2228
  • Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Young People Under 25: call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678
  • Trans Lifeline Peer Support Hotline, 1-877-565-8860
    • Hotline operators will go on a two-week break from December 18 to January 1st
    • As of January 1st, 2024, Trans Lifeline’s hotline operating hours will be Monday through Friday, 1 pm to 9 pm EST
  • RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline – 800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • healingSPACE 24/7 sexual violence crisis intervention hotline (say that you are a Ramapo student) – 1-201-487-2227
  • Veterans Crisis line: Dial 988 then press “1” or text 838-255

Suicide Prevention Trainings

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for college students. Counseling Services offers two suicide-prevention trainings for the Ramapo community. If your department, organization, or club would like to take action to help prevent suicide, consider participating in the two training opportunities below.

Campus Connect

Campus Connect

Campus Connect is a free training that provides gatekeepers with information and strategies to help prevent suicide, and refer students to campus and community resources. Counseling Services staff utilizes experiential exercises, including an emphasis on acknowledging and working with gatekeepers own fears about suicide. Campus connect prepares faculty, staff, and students with an opportunity to learn about suicide prevention, and practice strategies for interacting with a student who is in crisis.

A Campus Connect gatekeeper training is approximately 3 hours and includes:

  • Review of college student suicide statistics and facts
  • Discussion of suicide myths and warning signs
  • Instruction on how to ask students if they are thinking about suicide and how to refer students to mental health professionals
  • Review of effective communication and relationship-building skills
  • Discussion of typical emotional reactions experienced both by students in crisis and responding gatekeepers
  • Participation in four experiential exercises
  • Participation in a guided group role play


Please contact Dr. Tal Yonai at for more information

Ask Listen Refer

Ask Listen Refer: An Online Suicide Prevention Training

Ask.Listen.Refer is a free training available for faculty, staff and students. This training helps users:

  • identify people at risk for suicide
  • recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide
  • respond to and get help for people at risk

This program takes about 20 minutes to complete. It is intended to be educational rather than therapeutic, and it must be completed in one sitting. Logging in and out of the program may cancel your progress and prevent you from obtaining your certificate of completion.

Ask, Listen, Refer can be facilitated in-person. If you are requesting the facilitation to occur after 5 pm, please partner with at least one other organization for the facilitation to be approved. You can request an in-person Ask, Listen, Refer facilitation here.



Other Resources

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Please view highlighted events from September 2023 below in which Ramapo honored the theme “Together for Mental Health” which acknowledges the role we all have in preventing suicide and promoting mental health.

National Suicide Prevention Month Event Calendar

National Suicide Prevention Month Opening Proclamation

Date: Thursday, 9/7/23
Location: Friends Hall (changed from the Arch due to excessive heat)
Time: 1:15 pm to 2 pm
Rain/Heat location: Friends Hall

The proclamation is proudly cosponsored by the Psychology Affiliation.

Words of Hope

Join Counseling Services to write words of hope in the Grove that promote help-seeking and mental health. Students will be able to enter the Togetherall registration raffle for a self-care kit. Therapy dogs from Creature Comfort Pet Therapy will be at the event from 1 to 3 pm.

Date: Thursday, 9/21/23
Location: The Arch/Grove
Time: 12 pm to 3 pm
Rain Date: Monday, 9/25 12:00 to 3:00 pm

This event is proudly cosponsored by the Psychology Affiliation and the Student Government Association.

Clued-In: Breaking the Stigma of Counseling at Ramapo

Join Counseling Services and the Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Services for a Q&A session that will answer any questions you may have about Counseling Services at Ramapo. 

Location: C-220 (Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Services)
Dates and Times:

  • September 19th @ 1:30 pm
  • September 21st @ 1:30 pm
  • September 28th @ 1:30 pm

Togetherall Tablings

Find the Wellness Is Now Peer Educators around campus to learn more about Togetherall, a new online peer to peer support platform available to Ramapo students. The WIN Peers will be entering those who register into a raffle for a self-care kit.

Togetherall is NOT a crisis intervention tool. You can use Togetherall to give or get support in a safe, anonymous space. Togetherall is free to use, and can help you improve your mental health and well-being.

Active Minds Window Display

Counseling Services is proud to cosponsor the Ramapo College Active Minds Chapter’s window display in the Fish Bowl. The goal of the display is to spread positivity and inspire students to take care of themselves on hard days. Questions? Email

The Coming World by Christopher Shinn Performances

As the world is changing around us, does personal peace become more available or less available? Set on a New England beach, a young couple struggles to understand themselves and each other. When faced with painful moments in life, they struggle to decide on a healthy solution.

Directed by Reese Pasquarello, current Ramapo College student.

Counseling Services will be cosponsoring the production of The Coming World by Christopher Shinn with the Ramapo College Theater Program. The play centers on the intersection of substance use disorders, suicide, and the impact on loved ones.

Content Warning: Mentions of suicide

To reserve a free ticket:

Dates and Times:

  • September 27 @ 3pm
  • September 28 @ 8pm
  • October 3 @ 8pm
  • October 4 @ 3pm

Location: Adler Theater in the Berrie Center

Questions? Email or

Out of Darkness Walk (Walk to prevent suicide)

Join Ramapo College Counseling Services in preventing suicide and supporting those who have been affected by it during the Bergen County Out of Darkness Walk! Through donations the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention aims to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025. 

Date: Sunday, 10/15/23
Location: Saddle River County Park – Otto C. Pehle Playground, Saddle Brook, NJ
Check-in Time: 9am
Walk Start Time: 10am

Register to walk with the Ramapo Team and/or donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention here. Donations are encouraged but not required to walk. Limited transportation will be provided. If you’d like to attend but need transportation, or if you have any questions, please email

This event is proudly cosponsored by the Psychology Affiliation, Alpha Kappa Psi, and Sigma Delta Tau.

Is your club or organization participating in an event or initiative for National Suicide Prevention Month in September 2024? Email for Counseling Services or Wellness Is Now to have your questions answered or for co-sponsorship to have your event be added to the calendar!