New Jersey Department of Education

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Suicide Prevention and Other Traumatic Loss

Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes pain, suffering, and can have a profound effect on the entire community. According to 2019 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 14th leading cause of death in New Jersey and the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24. In comparison to the national average New Jersey continues to have a lower rate of suicide; regardless, suicide remains a priority area to combat within the state. Provided below are resources and information on school requirements for addressing these events and supportive resources for prevention and intervention.

Related Statutes & Regulations

All references below can be found at New Jersey Legislature's Website and at Rutgers School of Law

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. 30:9A-13. Youth suicide prevention program
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-24 Protocol for Reporting Youth Suicide Attempt or Completion
Youth Suicide Reporting Form

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