Remembering TJ: Teenage Anxiety & Depression


The Sefcik family will share their pain over losing their son T.J. They will discuss their experiences, help families to recognize signs of teen depression and give advice and information to help other families better understand teens in crisis.

Parent Resources

Compiled by Wendy & Steve Sefcik

We care and want to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any with questions or just need someone to talk to. The resources below provide a wealth of information and guidance. | cell: 908-227-8481 | cell: 973-476-2900

Erika’s Lighthouse

Erika's Lighthouse is a grassroots, educational organization dedicated to raising awareness of adolescent depression and mental health for young people.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI provides a wealth of information and resources for being battling mental health disorders and for their families.

Bergen County Dept. of Health Services Div. of Mental Health

The Mental Health Division aims to raise public awareness that mental illness is a disease, not a choice.   The website provides a wealth of information and resources.

Bring Change 2 Mind

Bring Change 2 Mind’s mission is to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
Depression and BiPolar Support Alliance

DBSA provides help, hope, support and education to help improve the lives of people dealing with mood disorders.

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS)

The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging overall public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs for teens, parents and educators. Look for the “Not My Kid” video on their website.


Eight Stories Up
An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide
Monochrome Days
A firsthand account of one teenager’s experience with depression
Mind Race
A first hand account of one teen’s experience with Bipolar
Will’s Choice
Gail Griffith
“A Suicidal Teen, a desperate mother, and a chronicle of recovery.
An Unchanged Mind
John McKinnon, MD
Cracked, Not Broken
Kevin Hines
An Unquiet Mind
Kay Redfield Jamison
NightFalls Fast
Kay Redfield Jamison
Angel and the Dragon
Jonathan Aurthur
When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
Bev Cobain R.N. C.
Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her
Linea & Cinda Johnson
A Mother's Story
Gloria Vanderbilt
My Son, My Son
Iris Bolton
His Bright Light
Danielle Steele