January 8, 2018 | Number of The Day
Number of suicides in New Jersey per 100,000 youths

Some sobering statistics from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families “Youth Suicide Report”: 5.5 youths per 100,000 between the ages of 10 – 24 killed themselves in 2015, the last year for which complete data is available. The suicide rate for this cohort is lower than for the United States overall. And while the rate for older youths (19 – 24) is on the decline, the incidence of suicide for younger people (10 – 18) is on the rise.

Young men are more likely to take their own lives than young women: 7.7/100,000 compared with 3.1. And males 19 – 24 are far likelier to commit suicide: 14.4 versus 4.7. White non-Hispanics (5.7) and black non-Hispanics (5.6) are equally likely to kill themselves; the rate for Hispanics is 3.4/100,000. Asian/Pacific Islander youths are the most likely to commit suicide: 6.1.

Hanging/strangling/suffocation is the most common means of committing suicide: 48 perent for males, 52 percent for females. Males are more likely to use firearms, while females are more likely to resort to poison.