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Suicide in New Jersey

Uploaded by sinbaaad on Oct 30, 2011

This essay discusses many aspects of the issue of suicide in the State of New Jersey.

I Introduction

Suicide is a difficult topic to consider; yet it must be faced because it is a major health concern. It is particularly puzzling among young people, presumably with much to live for.
This paper discusses many different issues with regard to suicide among young people ages 18-25 in New Jersey. It touches on such things as disparities in rates of suicide among various groups; the cost to society; agencies in New Jersey that are helping to prevent suicide; suggestions for improving those agencies and many other topics. It also discusses the Healthy People documents with regard to suicide; there are both federal and state Healthy People initiatives under consideration.

II Healthy People 2010

Healthy People 2010 is a series of U.S. government documents that outlines the objectives the government hopes to achieve with regard to improving the health of Americans. The documents were published in 2000 with a target date of 2010 to fulfill the tasks. The documents are extensive and somewhat difficult to navigate, since it appears that they have tried to devise strategies to meet every health care problem extant; a monumental task.
Objectives 18-1 and 18-2 are the ones that concern us, since they deal with suicide, though neither one directly discusses the age range 18-25. However, Objective 18-1 is: “Reduce the Suicide Rate,” and Objective 18-2 is: “Reduce the Rate of Suicide Attempts by Adolescents.” (Healthy People 2010 Objectives, 2000, PG).
The documents reveal that for every 100,000 people, the suicide rate is 11.3, as revealed by this table:
Data source: National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), CDC, NCHS.
Total Population, 1998 Suicides
Rate per 100,000
TOTAL 11.3
Race and ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska Native 12.6
Asian or Pacific Islander 6.6
Asian DNC
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander DNC
Black or African American 5.8
White 12.2

Hispanic or Latino 6.3
Not Hispanic or Latino 11.8
Black or African American 6.0
White 12.8
Female 4.3
Male 19.2
Education level (aged 25 to 64 years)
Less than high school 17.9
High school graduate 19.2
At least some college 10.0
Age (not age adjusted)
10 to 14 years 1.6
15 to 19 years 8.9
20 to 24 years 13.6
DNA = Data have not been analyzed. DNC = Data are not collected. DSU = Data are statistically unreliable.
Note: Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.
(Objective 18-1, 2000, PG).
In the last group (20-24, which is part of the age we want to discuss) we begin to see the magnitude of the problem, as the rate nearly triples...

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Date:   10/30/2011

Category:   Social Issues

Length:   27 pages (6,017 words)

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