By Tammy Murphy
There’s a side of my husband people don’t always get to see: the man who sits down to dinner with our children and me, quizzes them about their homework, and who asks them about how things are going. Even if he’s had a busy day, Phil makes time for our kids, and only after that will he do a few more hours of work.
I see Phil in those kinds of moments every day — and I know he’s committed to making sure all New Jersey children have access to someone to talk to when they need help.
Together, my husband and I founded 2nd Floor, a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s youth and young adults that’s available 24/7 365 days a year. Since its inception, 2nd Floor has responded to more than 750,000 phone calls and saved dozens of lives.
It’s an incredible story, and I hope you’ll take a moment to watch this video about it:
Phil and I got the idea after hearing about a similar organization in the United Kingdom that was having success in being a resource for young people. We studied it and launched 2nd Floor in Monmouth County more than a decade ago. Since then, the organization has grown into a statewide program, serving every county in New Jersey.
I’m proud of the work we’ve done to help kids and young adults — and I think Phil’s approach of identifying a problem, searching the globe for the best solution, and bringing people together to implement it is the different kind of leadership our state needs.
I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the video and learn more about how this organization has impacted countless New Jersey families for the better.