Caring Contact is pleased to announce the addition of Shayla Harris to its Board of Trustees.  Ms. Harris grew up in Essex County, NJ and graduated from Kent Place in 2014.

“I joined the Caring Contact board because I believe we need to eradicate the stigma associated with mental health. Caring Contact provides vital support for people in crisis, while also providing a space where one can simply speak honestly about their emotions.

The importance of this resource has only been heightened by COVID-19 so I hope to help extend the organization's impact. As a Kent Place alumna with roots in Essex County, I'm excited to work with a New Jersey based organization.”  

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Ms. Harris is a graduate of the University of Chicago and currently works for Accenture as a Senior Strategy Analyst in Chicago, IL. 

Caring Contact is an award-winning, volunteer-staffed caring and crisis hotline providing active listening support and best-in-class education to the Central and Northern New Jersey community. Founded in 1975 and located in Westfield, NJ, Caring Contact attentively and compassionately serve those in emotional distress.

Caring Contact is a primary responder to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and operates a non-emergency line available to anyone needing support.  For more information on volunteer opportunities call 908.301.1899 or visit  If you, or someone you know is in crisis please call 800.273.8255.