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Complete Health Indicator Report of Youth Suicide Attempts

Definition

Actual suicide attempts among high school students in the 12 months prior to survey, regardless of whether medical attention was required

Numerator

Respondents who answered one or more times to the question: "During the past 12 months, how many times did you actually attempt suicide?"

Denominator

Total number of survey respondents in grades 9-12

Data Interpretation Issues

In 2015 and 2017, the New Jersey Student Health Survey was unable to obtain the number of student responses needed to reach the 60% response rate required by the CDC to be able to weight the data to be representative of the New Jersey high school student population.

Why Is This Important?

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among New Jersey teens.

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective IVP-4''': Reduce suicide attempts by high school students (grades 9-12) to 6.5% for all high school students, 4.3% among Whites, 8.2% among Blacks, and 10.5% among Hispanics.

How Are We Doing?

Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets were met for the total population and the Hispanic population, but not among Whites or Blacks. No target was set for Asians due to sample size issues.

Available Services

New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention: [http://nj.gov/dcf/adolescent/prevention/] New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735 or [http://www.njhopeline.com] Mobile Response and Crisis Screening: 1-877-652-2764 2ND Floor Youth Helpline: [http://www.2ndfloor.org/]


Related Indicators

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:



Data Tables


Suicide Attempts among High School Students in Grades 9 to 12, by Year, New Jersey and the United States, 2007-2019 (HNJ2020)

US/NJYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 14
US20076.9%6.3%7.6%
US20096.3%5.7%7.0%
US20117.8%7.1%8.5%
US20138.0%7.2%8.9%
US20158.6%7.6%9.6%
US20177.4%6.5%8.4%
US20198.9%7.9%10.0%
NJ20077.2%5.1%9.3%
NJ2009**
NJ20116.0%4.7%7.6%
NJ20139.9%8.2%11.8%
NJ2015**
NJ2017**
NJ20195.9%3.8%9.0%

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective IVP-4. Survey is conducted in odd-numbered years only. ** 2015 and 2017 NJ survey data not available.

Data Sources

  • New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education, [http://www.nj.gov/education/students/yrbs/]
  • High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm]


Suicide Attempts among High School Students in Grades 9 to 12, by Year and Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2007-2019 (HNJ2020)

Race/EthnicityYearPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 28
White20074.8%
White2009**
White20114.5%3.2%6.1%
White20137.4%5.2%10.5%
White2015**
White2017**
White20194.9%2.8%8.6%
Black20079.1%
Black2009**
Black20118.5%4.7%15.0%
Black20139.4%5.9%14.8%
Black2015**
Black2017**
Black201911.3%5.5%21.8%
Hispanic200711.7%
Hispanic2009**
Hispanic201110.3%6.7%15.5%
Hispanic201315.8%13.0%19.1%
Hispanic2015**
Hispanic2017**
Hispanic20195.3%3.1%8.9%
Asian2007**
Asian2009**
Asian20113.0%0.8%10.1%
Asian201311.1%7.3%16.5%
Asian2015**
Asian2017**
Asian20194.5%1.9%10.4%

Data Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective IVP-4. Data for Whites, Blacks, and Asians do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. Survey is conducted in odd-numbered years only. ** 2007 Asian sample size too small to calculate a reliable rate. 2015 and 2017 NJ survey data not available.

Data Sources

  • New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education, [http://www.nj.gov/education/students/yrbs/]
  • High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm]


Suicide Attempts among High School Students in Grades 9 to 12 by Year and Race/Ethnicity, New Jersey, 2019

Race/EthnicityPercent of High School Students in Grades 9-12Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 6
White4.9%2.8%8.6%
Black11.3%5.5%21.8%
Hispanic5.3%3.1%8.9%
Asian4.5%1.9%10.4%
New Jersey5.9%3.8%9.0%
United States8.9%7.9%10.0%

Data Notes

Data for Whites, Blacks, and Asians do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race.

Data Source

High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/index.htm]

References and Community Resources

CDC Suicide Prevention Info: [http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/suicide/index.html] Suicide Prevention Resource Center: [http://www.sprc.org/states/new-jersey]

Page Content Updated On 10/23/2020, Published on 10/27/2020
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