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SPTS Youth Wellness Council

Now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year!

The mission of The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.

The SPTS Youth Council is open to high school students in New Jersey who are interested in learning more about mental health and wellness, stress management, resiliency, and how to help peers in need. Students in Monmouth/Ocean Counties and Woodbridge Township can join our in-person Youth Councils for each of those locations. For the 2021-2022 school year, we are also opening a state-wide virtual Youth Council for all NJ high school students who would like to participate. Since 2015, over 550 high school students have participated in the Youth Council. Students will participate in monthly meetings that focus on the components of the Wellness Wheel – emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, financial, and spiritual wellness. Members participate in fun activities, games and events all driven by our youth. Students will also learn about their role in suicide prevention, the importance of going to a trusted adult when they need help, and local and national resources.

If you are interested in joining the SPTS Youth Council, please complete the online application form below for the council you wish to join. All students who submit a form are accepted into the Youth Council. If you are a new member applying for the first time, you will be asked to submit a reference letter on your behalf. This letter can be mailed to 110 W. Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728, or submitted using the online form below. Returning applicants are not required to submit a reference letter. After you submit your form and reference letter, the Youth Council manager will contact you to provide more information on our first meeting. If you have any questions, please contact SPTS Program Coordinator, Kyle Kalbach, at kyle@sptsusa.org.

Monmouth & Ocean Counties Council Application Forms

This program is made available by grant funding provided by the Monmouth County Department of Human Services and the Division of Mental Health Addiction Services to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County in support of collaborative suicide prevention programs with the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide and the YMCA of Greater Monmouth.