The Healthy Edge
The Healthy Edge is an online resource for the Watchung Hills community to access information, activities, and support related to Wellness.
Directed by the Wellness Committee, The Healthy Edge provides a comprehensive effort to the Watchung Hills community with the resources to enhance the social and emotional wellness of all students. This initiative strives to maximize student development in four key areas:
- Intellectual Wellness
- Emotional Wellness
- Social Wellness
- Physical Wellness
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Student Assistance Counselors (SAC’s) provide confidential in-school support to students who are struggling with issues that negatively impact school performance. The SAC works with students to develop healthy coping skills, reduce risk factors, and make positive lifestyle choices. Services include assessment, crisis intervention, psycho-education, short-term counseling and referrals to community resources. Students are encouraged to utilize these services for concerns about themselves or others.
Students can seek assistance on their own or be referred by any member of our school community. Referrals and services are confidential, and will not become part of the student’s school record.
If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, please contact one of the SAC’s listed below.
Student Last Names A-L Student Last Names M-Z
Julie Kumpf, MSW, LSW Gwendolyn Blake, MA, Ed.S
908-647-4800 ext 7963 908-647-4800 ext 6866
- Stress management
- Family problems and transitions
- Relationship issues (friends, dating, etc)
- Substance use/abuse
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Body image
- School related problems
- Self esteem
- Peer and Social Problems
- Grief and Loss
- Suicide Prevention
- ANY other issues that teens may be dealing with in today’s world
CRISIS / PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES - 24-hour emergency mental health care, including risk assessments, screenings, crisis intervention and stabilization, psychiatric emergency services and access to mental health resources; mobile outreach also available
Somerset County residents -
Psychiatric Evaluation Screening Services (PESS)
282 E. Main St, Somerville, NJ
Morris County residents -
Saint Clare’s Hospital
Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)
25 Pocono Rd., Denville, NJ
973-625-0280 - after-hours hotline
Morristown Memorial Hospital/Atlantic Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Emergency Services and Screening Center
Newton Medical Center
175 High St., Newton, NJ
24-hour Crisis Hotline 973-540-0100
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
NJ Teen Helpline: http://www.2ndfloor.org/ 1-888-222-2228
The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)
NJ Addiction Services Hotline 1-844276-2777
NJ Mental Health Cares http://www.njmentalhealthcares.org/ 866-202-4357
In addition, the NJ Dept. of Children and Families has an extensive list of hotline and helplines available on their website:
FAMILY SERVICES -
Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU), Somerset County -
Crisis intervention and stabilization for children and families; short-term counseling; link to services.
27 Warren, St., Somerville, NJ
Richard Hall Mental Health Center (RHMHC), Somerset County -
Wide range of mental health services for individuals and families, provided on a sliding scale for Somerset county residents.
500 North Bridge St., Bridgewater, NJ
Family Intervention Services, Morris County -
Family Crisis Intervention Unit, Family Outreach Program, CP&P contracted programs, Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Program, Child Outpatient Program (Medicaid Accepted and Fee for Service). Serves all families and youth who are Morris county residents.
20 Vanderhoof Ave., Rockaway, NJ
NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) -
All reports of child abuse and neglect must be reported to the State Central Registry (SCR), a 24 hour hotline; when a report indicates a child may be at risk, a representative from DCPP will promptly investigate the safety of the child.SCR Hotline - 1-877-NJ-ABUSE (1-877-652-2873)
- As part of TODAY’s “Secret Lives of Teens” series, NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver sits down with young people to discuss issues they commonly struggle with – and often keep hidden from their parents. make parents aware of what they are feeling and help them to understand that their pressure sometimes adds to the burden on the teens.
Chasing the Dragon
- In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict," a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. More at www.fbi.gov/ChasingTheDragon