New Jersey Department of Education

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Suicide Prevention

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

Emergency Resources

  • 2ND Floor Youth Helpline
    Call or Text 888-222-2228
    24 hours a day - 7 days a week
    Accredited by the American Association of Suicidology, 2ND Floor confidentially serves youth and young adults (ages 10-24). Youth who call are assisted with their daily life challenges by professional staff and trained volunteers.
  • New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline
    Call 1-855-654-6735
    New Jersey's 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Call 1-800-273-8255
    24 hours a day - 7 days a week
  • LGBT National Helpline
    Call 1-888-843-4564
  • For Non-New Jersey Residents
    If you live outside of NJ but within the USA, you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741


For Students & Families

For School Staff

Data Collection & Reports

State of New Jersey & U.S. Government Agencies