AJR 26

Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

NJEA supports AJR-26 (Downey, Houghtaling, Quijano, Mosquera, Vainieri Huttle, Benson, Eustace, Jasey, McKnight) which would designate September of each year as “Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness Month” in New Jersey. This joint resolution would help increase public awareness of risk factors and warning signs for youth suicide, increase community involvement in creating strategies to prevent teens and young adults from taking their own lives, and to encourage the development of statewide comprehensive suicide initiatives.

According to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10 through 24 in the state.  For educators there is nothing more heartbreaking than trying to help a student in distress.  Youth suicide is a serious public health problem which leaves families, friends, schools and communities devastated.

Improving awareness and community engagement is critical to identifying youth at risk of suicide and helping prevent the loss of a young life.

We urge you to vote “yes” on AJR-26.

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