Join New Jersey 101.5 at 7 p.m. Thursday for a Town Hall broadcast addressing the alarming rise in youth suicide in New Jersey.
New Jersey 101.5’s Eric Scott leads the news and digital departments as we address suicide among Garden State children.
“The most alarming statistic is the sharp increase in suicide among children as young as 10,” Scott said. “Our goal is to remove the stigma surrounding those struggling with thoughts of suicide, and connect them with the help they need.”
The program’s on-air panel will feature:
Meredith Masin Blount, executive director of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness;
Susan Tellone, clinical director of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide;
Anti-bullying expert Stuart Green;
Roselin Duenas, a youth suicide survivor and advocate for New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ community.
Scott and his guests will take calls from listeners and connect them with the help that is available to address thoughts of suicide. Additional resources and counselors will be available online.
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If you need help
NJ Hopeline is New Jersey's 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline, at 1-855-654-6735. It can be reached 24/7 by text or email to email@example.com. Its specialists are available at any time for confidential telephone counseling.
Crisis centers are available in several areas of New Jersey. See here for a list and contact information.
The National Alliance for Mental Illness HelpLine can connect you with resources in your community for longer-term help. The Helpline is 800-950-NAMI (6264)
Attitudes in Reverse aims to save young people's lives through education about mental health and suicide prevention, working with partner organizations and schools. It is not a counseling program. It can be reached on Twitter or online.
According to the New Jersey Hopeline, warning signs of suicide include:
- Talking about wanting to die, “wishing” one were dead or making statements about killing oneself.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Talking about feeling worthless.
- Increasing one’s use of alcohol or drugs.
- Appearing anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly with little regard to one’s future safety.
- Exploring ways to kill oneself, such as searching for methods online or buying a gun.
- Changes in one’s sleeping habits.
- Becoming withdrawn, reserved or isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.