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New NJ Suicide Hotline Could Help with Emotional Impact of Sandy

NJHOPELINE received approximately 300 calls in its first days

Although New Jersey has the second-lowest suicide rate in the nation, a new hotline has received approximately 300 calls since it was launched May 1, according to Philly.com.

New Jersey’s suicide rate for people ages 35 to 64 increased 31 percent from 1999 to 2010, and as a result the New Jersey Department of Human Services spent $648,981 to create NJHOPELINE, Philly.com reported.

Officials have expressed concerns of the emotional impact the stress related to damage and losses from Hurricane Sandy has had and will continue to have, according to Philly.com.

Operated by University Behavioral HealthCare at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, the hotline only uses New Jersey-based trained volunteers and professional counselors.

The service is available 24/7, and callers are connected to a live volunteer.

Those in need of trained counselors can call NJHOPELINE or 855-654-6735.

KC May 17, 2013 at 01:41 AM
This shore is a depressed and depressing area for many.
Hank Kerchef May 17, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Its sad,,,, my friend around the corner was arrested for being drunk , suicidal, and having a shotgun in his lap. His family is in turmoil from the storm ,,, and they are just a speck in the pepper shaker .
Mrgrumpass May 17, 2013 at 03:22 PM
It's great to hear that the suicide rate is low, but dam I am so surprised that there haven’t been many more attempts

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