Governor Murphy Proclaims September 9 - 15, 2018, as  Suicide Prevention Week.

 Proclamation of Governor Philip D Murphy, proclaiming September 9 through September 15, 2018,  Suicide Prevention Week in NJ.

WHEREAS, 689 New Jersey residents died by suicide in 2016, which is 11 percent higher than 10 years ago, with the highest suicide rate occurring in the 45 to 64 age group; and

WHEREAS, suicide is the 14th leading cause of death in New Jersey and the 3rd leading cause of death for NewJersey residents ages 15-34 and the 4th leading cause of death for ages 35-44; and

WHEREAS, known risk factors of suicide include mental illness and serious or chronic physical illness, chronic pain, addiction, history of trauma, abuse, neglect, stress and familial suicide; and

WHEREAS, our military service members are faced with many challenges, including depression and
suicidality, and the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs provides a comprehensive package of services for our service members and their families; and

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey, in partnership with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, operates several 24-hour anonymous and confidential help lines staffed by peers, volunteers and clinical professionals to provide support and referral for the public and high-risk groups:

New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline, 1-855-654-6735
• Vet2Vet, (866-VETS-NJ-4 or 866-838-7654) for veterans and their families
• Cop2Cop, (866-COP-2-COP) for law enforcement officers and their families
• 2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline, 1-888-222-2228, for youth to contact for any concern including suicide
via phone, text, or online at;

and WHEREAS, it was signed into law that New Jersey colleges and universities are required to provide 24-hour/seven day-a-week assistance to students who might be at risk for suicide; and

WHEREAS, the Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program through the provision of training and awareness builds on the foundation that community members and organizations that work closely with school-aged youth can join in suicide prevention and postvention efforts; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, is committed to
promote the implementation of the Zero Suicide model throughout behavioral health systems in New Jersey;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PHILIP D. MURPHY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, do hereby proclaim:
SEPTEMBER 9 THROUGH 15, 2018 AS SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK in New Jersey and encourage our residents to learn the warning signs and risk factors and find help for yourself and
loved ones. Join us in our shared vision and work, knowing that suicide is preventable through education and · inclusive Efforts.
''Working Together to Prevent Suicide."