HAZLET – While teens are not in school, many will be busy this summer coping with a variety of issues – from cyber-bullying and suicide to abuse and neglect.
2NDFLOOR® – a statewide helpline that supports New Jersey youth through its free, confidential and anonymous service – reminds parents, guardians and youth that issues facing children and teens don’t go on vacation over the summer.
“School may be out, but kids’ problems don’t go away,” said Nicole Romaine, director of development at 2NDFLOOR. “During the summer, youth have more unstructured time, which gives them more opportunities to think about issues they face and reach out for help.”
2NDFLOOR offers a way to relieve the pressures and daily challenges that affect young people today, including substance abuse, sexuality, peer and family relationships, and violence. The toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to youth ages 10-24.
The helpline also has an online message board (www.2ndfloor.org) where youth can anonymously post questions and ask for help and support.
“We want children and teens to know that even though support at school and other activities may not be available this time of year, we’re still here for them,” said Romaine.
By calling 1-888-222-2228, children and teens can speak with professionals and trained volunteers – anonymously and confidentially – about whatever is on their mind. For more information on 2NDFLOOR, visit www.2ndfloor.org.
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