NJ’s new suicide hotline receives nearly 300 calls

    New Jersey’s new suicide hotline has received nearly 300 calls in its first week.

    The hotline uses only New Jersey-based counselors and is operated by University Behavioral HealthCare at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Piscataway.

    New Jersey’s suicide rate among adults 35 to 64 years old spiked after the Great Recession. The Centers for Disease Control says there were 438 suicides among people in that age range in New Jersey in 2010, up 31 percent from 1999.

    Still, New Jersey had the second-lowest suicide rate in the nation among adults in that age range.

    The NJHOPELINE number is: 855-654-6735.

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