Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for New Jersey’s youth. CSOC (formerly DCBHS) is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide. New Jersey’s primary youth suicide prevention program is the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth funded by CSOC. We encourage all parents and professionals to increase your awareness of youth suicide and prevention efforts.
To learn about the State's efforts to prevention youth suicides, read the New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention State Plan 2011-2014. DCF is dedicated to continuing to work to prevent youth suicides in New Jersey and this plan helps provide guidance for this important task. This plan was developed by CSOC with input provided by the New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council (NJYSPAC).
For more information, read DCF's Adolescent Suicide Report, issued June 1, 2012.
Below are a few links for more information on youth suicide prevention.
The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC) at UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare is an interactive, statewide network that offers collaboration and support to professionals working with school-age youth. The dual mission of the TLC is excellence in suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following unfortunate losses due to suicide, homicide, accident and illness.
Check out their Web site for these and other important resources:
2ND Floor Youth Helpline - 1-888-222-2228 www.2ndfloor.org - serves all youth and young adults in New Jersey and is funded by the Department of Children and Families. Youth who call are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers. Anonymity and confidentiality are assured except in life-threatening situations. 2ND Floor is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology.
This peer-to-peer Web site, Jersey Voice - www.jerseyvoice.net - helps to promote suicide prevention and encourages youth and young adults to communicate creatively about the difficult times they are experiencing so their messages can help peers encountering similar problems.
The The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) was started in 2006 by two fathers who had lost teenaged children to suicide. This Web site includes information for teens, parents and educators, including a video, Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know. This short video asks and answers questions about whether or not your child may be at risk for suicide. More importantly, it demonstrates how to ask those questions - and keep asking - until you get answers that help you understand whether or not your child is at risk....and what to do about it.
For information about adult mental health services, visit the Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services' (DMHAS) Web site.
To access CSOC Mobile Response services please call 1-877-652-2764.
You can also view a listing of the Crisis/Screening Centers in New Jersey to learn where the local screening center is located in your county.
The Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council was formed under legislation signed into law in January 2004. The members of the Council meet regularly to examine existing needs and services and make recommendations to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for youth suicide reporting, prevention and intervention.