Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for New Jersey’s youth. New Jersey’s primary youth suicide prevention program is the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth.
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.
For more information, read DCF's Adolescent Suicide Report.
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.
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.