Indicator Report - Suicide
Why Is This Important?From 2007 to 2011, Utah's age-adjusted suicide rate was 17.1 per 100,000 persons. This is an average of 428 suicides per year. Utah has one of the highest age-adjusted suicide rates in the U.S. It is the leading cause of death for Utahns ages 1 to 44 years old in 2011.
Completed suicides are only part of the problem. More people are hospitalized or treated in an emergency room for suicide attempts than are fatally injured. The most recent data show that 2,579 Utahns were seen in emergency departments (2010) and 1,431 Utahns were hospitalized for self-inflicted injuries (2011).
According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, during the past 12 months before the survey, 7.2% of Utah high school students attempted suicide one or more times and 3.1% of these students suffered an injury, poisoning, or an overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse.
Data from the 2005-2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Data showed that 4.6% of Utahns 18 years and older reported thoughts of hurting themselves or that they would be better off dead. Males and females 85 years and older had the highest prevalence (8.0% and 12.4%), followed by males and females 18-24 years of age (7.1% and 9.1%).
All suicide attempts should be taken seriously. Those who survive suicide attempts are often seriously injured and many have depression and other mental health problems.
Suicide is a complex public health issue where victims may be blamed and family members stigmatized. Consequently, suicide is not openly discussed making it difficult to collect meaningful data that is vital to suicide prevention efforts.
Suicide by Ethnicity, Utah, 2005-2009
Data NotesData are from the 2005-2009 Utah National Violent Death Reporting System using the manner of death of suicide. Data are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.
Data SourcesUtah National Violent Death Reporting System. Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Health Promotion, Violence and Injury Prevention Program. Population Estimates: Utah Governor's Office of Planning and Budget.
DefinitionNumber of resident deaths resulting from the intentional use of force against oneself per 100,000 population. ICD-10 codes X60-X84, Y87.0, *U03.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 01/18/2013, Published on 03/11/2013