Violence and Injury Data

Suicide Data

Finding and using data is critical for prevention efforts. When strategically planning for suicide prevention, data is utilized to:

Build a basic understanding of the scope and nature of the suicide problem

Identifying key risk and protective factors that can be addressed in a population

Choosing or creating a comprehensive set of programs that match the needs of the population

Evaluating suicide prevention efforts over time

While it is easy to focus on the number of people we are losing to suicide, we have to remember this data is giving us hope. The data we collect on suicide deaths are providing us with more information than we have ever had before about the underlying issues and how to address this problem in our state.

This table is updated within two weeks of the end of each quarter (April, August, October, and January). The most current data available is for the previous quarter. In other words, we will release information on quarter four (October through December) 2018 in April 2019. Data for quarter one (January through March) of 2019 will be released at the conclusion of quarter two (July). The 90-day delay in reporting accounts for the period of time required by the medical examiner to complete their investigation and examination for most cases. The Office of the Medical Examiner aims to have 80% of all cases finalized within 90 days of the death. Importantly, quarterly data after 2017 is preliminary. These numbers are not accompanied by a rate, and as such, do not reflect trends in suicide death. Use preliminary data with caution.

Number of Suicide Deaths by Age Group and Rate of Suicide Deaths Ages 10+ per 100,000 Population, Utah, 1999-2016

Year Ages 10-17 Ages 18-24 Ages 25-64 Ages 65+ Total Ages 10+ Overall Suicide Rate Ages 10+ per 100,000 Population 95% CI
1999 12 51 186 33 282 15.8 (14.0-17.8)
2000 16 49 193 35 293 15.9 (14.1-17.8)
2001 17 46 218 33 314 16.7 (14.9-18.7)
2002 22 39 239 36 336 17.6 (15.8-19.6)
2003 17 63 212 43 335 17.3 (15.5-19.3)
2004 18 49 273 37 377 19.2 (17.3-21.2)
2005 11 54 247 32 344 17.1 (15.3-19.0)
2006 11 49 254 43 357 17.3 (15.6-19.2)
2007 10 60 263 35 368 17.4 (15.6 - 19.2)
2008 16 62 274 32 384 17.7 (16.0-19.6)
2009 16 53 342 32 443 20.0 (18.2-21.9)
2010 21 55 340 50 466 20.6 (18.8-22.6)
2011 17 60 359 55 491 21.3 (19.5-23.3)
2012 22 63 404 56 545 23.3 (21.4-25.3)
2013 31 62 413 64 570 23.9 (22.0-25.9)
2014 33 74 370 78 555 22.9 (21.0-24.8)
2015 44 73 438 54 609 24.5 (22.6-26.6)
2016 32 77 433 70 612 24.2 (22.3-26.1)
2017 42 93 456 72 663 25.6 (16.8-27.0)
Preliminary 2018 39 97 454 69 659 Not Reported Not Reported

Data Notes: *Data Notes: *Data is suppressed due to counts less than five or the total can be used to calculate a cell with counts less than five. Rate is per 100,000 population. Pending totals represent all cases where the cause of death is yet to be determined for the age group specified.

Data Sources: Utah Death Certificate Database, Utah Medical Examiner Database, US Census Bureau.

Last Update: November 29, 2018

Questions: Email vipp@utah.gov

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