Mental Health

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, according to data from the CDC. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans took their own lives—more than the number of deaths from automobile accidents or opioid overdoses. In Ocean County, 63 residents took their own lives in 2017.

Suicide Trends in Ocean County

The national suicide rate has been rising steadily since the mid-2000's. In Ocean County, the rate has generally been lower than the national rate, but has hovered above New Jersey's suicide rate for most years. 

More granular breakdowns of suicide mortality by demographics are unavailable for Ocean County, due to small sample sizes. The following charts focus on demographic differences for New Jersey, compared to the United States.

Demographics of Suicide Mortality in New Jersey

The State of Mental Health in Ocean County and New Jersey

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), asked a sample of New Jersey residents 18 and older about their health and activities during the past year. Among respondents: 

Reported Having Any Mental Illness:

Reported a Major Depressive Episode:

Had Serious Thoughts of Suicide:

Received Mental Health Services:

Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Local data on depression prevalence (among the Medicare population) and mental health provider access paints a mixed picture for Ocean County, relative to New Jersey.

A Closer Look at Depression

According to the 2016 New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (NJBRFS), the age-adjusted rate of depression among Ocean County residents was 15.4 percent. (Note that this figure should be used with caution: with a small sample size of 290 individuals in Ocean County, the margin of error is over 6 percentage points.)

Nationally, the CDC collects state-level data on depression prevalence with its Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), conducted annually. The bar chart below shows depression prevalence in New Jersey, broken down by various demographics and other characteristics like education and income. (Unless noted otherwise, data is for 2016.)

Use the filter menu to select a set of characteristics to compare. Data is from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. For some characteristics, values are unavailable for certain population subsets.

About the Data

Suicide mortality data was queried from CDC Wonder, under Underlying Cause of Death, based on the following ICD-10 codes: ICD-10 codes: X60-X84, Y87.0.

Depression Among Medicare Population and Mental Health Care Provider Rate data were accessed via the CARES Engagement Network. The former's source is Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; the latter's is CMS, National Provider Identification, made available via County Health Rankings.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health percentage data is based on a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Ocean County depression prevalence data is from the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, accessed via New Jersey State Health Assessment Data (NJSHAD). 

New Jersey depression prevalence data by demographics and other characteristics is from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, conducted by the CDC. 


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