Suicide & Other Traumatic Loss Events

Too many students experience pressures during their educational careers that lead them to suicidal ideation or suicidal acts. Students also are unfortunately too often confronted with the disturbing effects of traumatic loss events at school, at home or in the community.  Suicide and other traumatic loss events, wherever they occur, can have a profound effect on the entire school community, disrupting the normal delivery of the educational program and the well being of students, staff and parents. Provided below are resources and information on school requirements for addressing these events and supportive resources for the prevention, intervention and postvention of suicide and other traumatic loss events.

Government Agencies

Statutes

  • All References below can be found at the New Jersey Legislature's website:
    • N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-60.2  Disclosure, use of juvenile's statement made in course of screening.
    • N.J.S.A. 2A:62A-16 Medical or counseling practitioners' immunity
    • N.J.S.A. 2C:3-7.  Use of force in law enforcement
    • N.J.S.A. 2C:11-6.  Aiding suicide
    • N.J.S.A. 2C:58-8.  Certain wounds and injuries to be reported
    • 9:6-8.90  Duties of board.
    • N.J.S.A. 18A:6-111  Findings, declarations relative to instruction in suicide prevention in public schools.
    • N.J.S.A. 18A:6-112  Instruction in suicide prevention for public school teaching staff.
    • N.J.S.A. 18A:6-113  Provision for instruction in suicide prevention in school curriculum
    • N.J.S.A. 26:2-160 Finding, declarations relative to minority and multicultural health
    • N.J.S.A.. 30:9A-12.    Findings, declarations
    • N.J.S.A. 30:9A-13.    Youth suicide prevention program
    • N.J.S.A. 30:9A-15.  Proposals
    • N.J.S.A. 30:9A-16.  Cooperation with school boards
    • N.J.S.A. 30:9A-22  Findings, declarations relative to youth suicide
    • N.J.S.A. 30:9A-23  Definitions relative to youth suicide
    • N.J.S.A. 30:9A-24  Report by teacher of attempted, completed suicide by student; other reporting requirements.
    • N.J.S.A. 30:9A-25  New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council.
    • N.J.S.A. 30:9A-26  Public awareness campaign on youth suicide prevention and intervention.
    • N.J.S.A. 30:9A-27  Compilation of data, annual report.

Reports

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Emergency Resources

Other Resources

Data Collection

State Initiatives

Professional Associations