Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA provides suicide prevention information and other helpful resources to behavioral health professionals, the general public, and people at risk.


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Suicide Prevention

While the suicide rates in New Jersey are among the lowest in the nation, suicide remains a significant cause of preventable mortality.   Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation.

New Jersey has developed the Traumatic Loss Coalitions (TLC) which exist in all 21 counties.   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. This is accomplished through county, regional and statewide conferences, training, consultation, onsite traumatic loss response, and technical assistance.

Individuals seeking assistance can contact the Traumatic Loss Coalitions through their website or at 732-235-2810.

Call these Hotlines for Help

Individuals seeking immediate crisis assistance should call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at  1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Adolescents seeking immediate crisis assistance should call 1-855-654-6735 or visit the
The Hopeline is New Jersey's dedicated in-state peer support and suicide prevention hotline staffed by mental health professionals and peer support specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



Last Reviewed: 3/10/2017