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|
|2007||10||60||263||35||368||17.4||(15.6 - 19.2)|
|Preliminary 2018||39||97||454||69||659||Not Reported||Not Reported|
|Preliminary 2019||Not Reported||Not Reported||Not Reported||Not Reported||159||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
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