How Many Lives. Peace Dove and Philando Castillo. Mural at 255 Kearney Ave (2017, detail)The Division of Injury Prevention's mission is to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths in Jersey City, by consistent engagement with and responsiveness to the people most affected, and informed by the best available data and evidence-based practices.  This is a part of building a culture of health throughout all neighborhoods, towards a Healthier Jersey City.   The Division of Injury Prevention has initiatives in several key areas: violence prevention, community mental health, and trauma recovery.

Community Mental Health

Mental health is one of the foundations of a Healthier Jersey City. The Division of Injury prevention provides mental health training and support in several ways.

FREE Summer Wellness Workshops online - TUESDAYS @ 2pm.  See for a complete list and to register.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
MHFA trains ordinary people to recognize and assist people with common mental health issues. Mental and emotional issues are health issues. Like other health issues, earlier detection and treatment produces better results and reduces suffering. MHFA will prepare you to help those in need get help. Our new online course is offered several days every week including weekends and at varied times. Classes consist of a 2-hr online self-study portion, then a 4-hr online class with an instructor and other participants.

To start the registration process, please complete this online form, and we will email within a few days  to get started.HealthierJC Mental Health First Aid Online
Selected in-person courses may also be available in the future. If you would like to schedule either on-line or in-person courses for a group, please contact us at

Funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Crisis Resources
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please reach out. Mental Health Crisis Resources 2020-05.pdf
Contact us about our mental health programming (non-emergency):
(201) 547-6806

Trauma Recovery

A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that can affect someone emotionally and physically. Recovery and healing from trauma can be aided in multiple ways.
Volunteer leaders from Jersey City’s faith traditions serve to provide compassionate support after a critical event.
Community Healing
Mental health counseling and other supportive services are available for those affected by the events of the December mass shooting and targeted hate crime on Martin Luther King Drive. Services will be available online and in person, at the Urban League of Hudson County. This program is funded by a grant from the NJ Department of Health.
If you were affected by the events of December 10 please contact us at
Restorative Yoga
Trauma affects our bodies as well as our minds. Many studies show that physical activity helps us process traumatic stress. Restorative yoga is offered to peer support groups, and as part of the December 10 Community Healing grant.

Violence Prevention

Violence is a health issue. It cuts lives short, is the cause of great pain and suffering, and is costly to the communities affected by violence. Violence can also be treated by public health methods used to control the spread of diseases.

Violence Prevention Task Force
The Division Director co-chairs the Violence Prevention Task Force</a> with the Director of the Division of Community Development.

The Survivor Network provides support and community for victims and survivors of violence.

The Jersey City-Newark Violence Prevention Coalition meets regularly to share learning and best practices for violence intervention programs. Funded by a grant from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Community Violence Assessment and Actions, March 2020
Community Violence Needs Assessment - Center for Court Innovation Report, April 2019

Contact us about violence prevention:
(201) 547-6806

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