- In the United States, one person completes suicide every 14 minutes.
- It is estimated that more than 5 million people in the United States have been directly affected by a suicide.
- Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die - rather they want to end the suffering they feel.
- Experts also know that suicidal crises tend to be brief.
Despite the staggering statistics around suicide, the latter information gives us hope and a place to intervene. Lives can be saved with early recognition of suicidal risk and early intervention. Every New Jersey community has services available for the assessment and treatment of suicidal behaviors and its causes.
New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline
Answering New Jersey Suicide Calls to the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24,000 suicide related calls are made by New Jersey residents every year, according to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) funded program. Until yesterday only a limited number of these calls were answered in New Jersey while most of them were routed to crisis centers in other parts of the country.
Starting on September 4, 2012, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey's New Jersey MentalHealthCares Helpline began to accept calls during its regular hours (weekdays, 8 am to 8 pm) to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The average answer time for a call is 15 seconds or less. Click here to read the press release.
Best Practices for Helping Suicide Callers
New Jersey MentalHealthCares employs The American Association of Suicidology's model for assessing suicidal callers which has been developed into the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Suicide Risk Assessment Standards. The approach focuses on four areas: desire, capability, intent and buffers. This practice spans beyond phone interventions as it is useful in other types of client contact. Click here to read more.
How do you do it?
What proactive steps do you take to help prevent suicide? Do you read current research and clinical practice information, plan agency-wide prevention awareness activities, or bring the issue to larger community awareness? Please share your strategies and experiences on the Mental Health Association in New Jersey's Facebook page. Together we can work to reduce the number of lives tragically touched by suicide.
Suicide Awareness Events
September 9th through September 15th is National Suicide Prevention Week. This year's theme is "Collaborations in Suicidology: Bridging the Disciplines."
Click here for more information on World Suicide Prevention Day or World Suicide Prevention week.