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Suicide Pervention

Suicide is a global public health concern that follows with profound implications for individuals, communities, and families. According to the CDC, "overall, the number of deaths by suicide increased 2.6% from 2021 to 2022." This makes suicide one of the leading causes of death in the US. Factors contributing to suicide are complex, usually involving mental health issues, peer-pressure, personal struggles, childhood traumas, etc. Whatever the cause is, it's essential to acknowledge that it's a cruel act towards oneself and very suffering, not only to the victim but the loved ones who have to experience the loss. We, as a unit, want to take part in this journey, to ensure the safety of our cadets within the unit, who might be struggling by landing a helping hand and the support that we can possibly give. We just want you to know that, YOU are not alone.


The goal of NJROTC/NNDCC unit suicide prevention programs is to provide the mechanisms necessary to identify and respond to students who are at risk of self-destructive behaviors or possible suicide. The following are essential components of our unit's program:


a. The ability to recognize behavioral patterns and other warning signs that indicate that a young person may be at risk of suicide.


b. Active intervention that explores the level of risk without increasing it.


c. Ensuring that at risk students receive the necessary services.


d. Working with our school's counseling program for the implementation of measures following a crisis or traumatic event, to reduce the risk to those who have witnessed or been affected by the tragedy. The suicide, or violent or unexpected death, of a student or teacher can result in an increased risk of suicide for other vulnerable young people.


It can't be emphasized enough that we are not counselors or professional mental health experts - our goal is not to treat/counsel but to identify those students who may have a need in this area and to help get them the expert counseling that they need.


Teen suicide warning signs (from

It is important to take the warning signs of teen suicide seriously and to seek help if you think that you know a teenager who might be suicidal. Here are some of the things to look for:

  • Disinterest in favorite extracurricular activities

  • Problems at work and losing interest in a job

  • Substance abuse, including alcohol and drug (illegal and legal drugs) use

  • Behavioral problems

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Sleep changes

  • Changes in eating habits

  • Begins to neglect hygiene and other matters of personal appearance

  • Emotional distress brings on physical complaints (aches, fatigues, migraines)

  • Hard time concentrating and paying attention

  • Declining grades in school

  • Loss of interest in schoolwork

  • Risk taking behaviors

  • Complains more frequently of boredom

  • Does not respond as before to praise

If you, or someone you know, is dealing with some of the warning signs above and may be thinking about suicide, please consider contacting one of your NJROTC Instructors directly. If you feel more comfortable talking with another cadet about this issue, we encourage you to contact our Commanding Officer Daniela Monterola.

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