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Indicator Report - Suicide

Why Is This Important?

From 2008 to 2012, Utah's age-adjusted suicide rate was 18.3 per 100,000 persons. This is an average of 466 suicides per year. Utah has one of the highest age-adjusted suicide rates in the U.S. It was the leading cause of injury-related 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 2,414 Utahns were seen in emergency departments (2011) and 1,431 Utahns were hospitalized for self-inflicted injuries (2011).

According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, during the past 12 months before the survey, 7.3% of Utah high school students attempted suicide one or more times and 2.1% 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 System 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 Race, Utah, 2005-2009

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Data Notes

*Use caution in interpreting, the estimate has a relative standard error greater than 30% and does not meet UDOH standards for reliability.

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Persons who identified multiple races are counted in multiple categories, thus, the categories are not mutually exclusive.

Data 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 Sources

Utah 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.

Other Views


Number 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

Numerator: Number of deaths resulting from the intentional use of force against oneself.
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population of Utah.

Page Content Updated On 03/26/2014, Published on 03/26/2014
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:22 MST