While horrific for family and friends, successful suicides are also somewhat rare in New Jersey. In 2008, there were 13 suicides, according to the National Violent Death Reporting System maintained by the Centers for Disease Control. That’s a fairly typical number of annual suicides in New Jersey, and one which is lower than many other states. Virginia, for example, has fewer people but recorded 22 suicides in 2008.
Of the New Jersey suicides in 2008, most of them — nine– occurred at home. Seven suicides were with handguns. The majority (eight) were caused by problems with an intimate partner, and nine were due to a crisis in the two weeks prior to the suicide.