Suicide Prevention

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In 2020, suicide was among the top 9 leading causes of death for people ages 10-64. Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 25-34. Suicide impacts all races and ethnicities, but the highest rates are among non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic White populations, according to the CDC.

By starting the conversation and providing support to those who need it, we all can help prevent suicide and save lives through the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide—whether you are in crisis or not—call or text 988 or chat

To Help Someone at Suicide Risk

Learn how to recognize the warning signs when someone’s at risk. If you believe someone may be in danger of suicide:

  • Call 911, if danger for self-harm seems imminent.
  • Ask them if they are thinking about killing themselves . This will not put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.
  • Listen without judging and show you care.
  • Stay with the person or make sure the person is in a private, secure place with another caring person until you can get further help.
  • Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to their professionals and follow their guidance.

Find more action steps from the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

SAMHSA Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

New Jersey has joined a nationwide challenge to collaborate, plan and implement suicide prevention initiatives for Veterans, service members and their family members. Learn more about Save NJ Vets.