NJ Suicide Statistics
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Madison, NJ
Sadly, suicide and suicide attempts are far more common then most people know. People of all walks of life and all ages die from suicide daily. Independent of the larger statistics, the only statistic that truly matters is that you have lost a loved one to suicide.
People of all walks of life and all ages die from suicide daily. Most people have never thought about suicide and the impact on those left to survive after a loved one dies by suicide. According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control :
- 47.173 people died by suicide in 2017 in the US - an average of 129 suicide losses each day.
- Every 11 minutes, someone in the US dies by suicide.
- 795 people died by suicide in 2017 in NJ - an average of 2.2 suicide losses each day
- Over 483,700 people with self-inflicted injuries were treated in U.S. emergency departments in 2012. But we know that many suicide attempts go unreported or untreated, and surveys suggest that at least one million people in the U.S. each year engage in intentionally inflicted self-harm.
- While males are 4 times more likely than females to die by suicide, females attempt suicide 3 times as often as males.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 15-24 years, the second among persons aged 25-34 years, the fourth among person aged 35-54 years, and the eighth among person 55-64 years.
- According to the World Health Organization over 1 million people die by suicide each year worldwide, one every 40 seconds.
Independent of the larger statistics, the only statistic that truly matters is that you have lost a loved one to suicide. Many of us never thought that someone close to us would die by suicide, but unfortunately they did. You are not alone.
- Suicide Facts Sheet by the Center for Disease Control
- Resource: 2 page PDF
- At a Glance - Suicide Among the Elderly
- Resource: 1 page PDF
- Summary: A summary of suicide among older persons
Youth Suicide in New Jersey
- 2014 Youth Suicide Report: A Data Overview Report on Youth Suicide in New Jersey
Nationwide Youth Suicide Data
- Suicide accounts for 21% of all deaths for young adults aged 15-18.
- In 2016, 1,580 young adults aged 15-18 died by suicide (417 Female / 1,163 Males).
- Suicide is the #2 leading cause of deaths (behind #1 accidents) followed by #3 homicide.
- In 2016, 1,227 young adults aged 15-18 died by homicide. (190 Female / 1,037 Male)
The following data comes from the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System and Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9–12 — United States and Selected Sites, 2015
Among high school students, in the last year:
- 17.7% seriously considered attempting suicide (23.4% Females / 12.2% Males)
- 14.6% made a plan on how they would attempt suicide (19.4% Females / 9.8% Males)
- 8.6% attempted suicide (11.6% Females / 5.5% Males)
- 2.8% attempted suicide and were seen by a nurse or doctor (3.7% Females / 1.9% Males)
Sexual orientation also has a significant impact on youth suicide.