Suicide

Definition: Rate of deaths by suicide per 100,000 individuals.

Importance
Suicide is a serious but preventable public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. Effective prevention strategies are needed to promote awareness of suicide while at the same time promoting prevention, resilience and a commitment to social change.

Where We Are
The suicide rate was 11.3 per 100,000 in Douglas County from 2011-2013. The rate was lower than the State of Kansas during this time period.

Health Disparities
Among Douglas County residents:
  • The likelihood of suicide increased as age increased through age 64.
  • Men were more likely to commit suicide than women.
Healthy People 2020 Goal
Rate: Less than or equal to 10.2 per 100,000.

Additional Information
Suicide is a significant public health problem, and there is a lot to learn about how to prevent it. One strategy is to learn about the warning signs of suicide, which can include individuals talking about wanting to hurt themselves, increasing substance use and having changes in their mood, diet, or sleeping patterns. When these warning signs appear, quickly connecting the person to supportive services is critical. Promoting opportunities and settings that strengthen connections among people, families, and communities is another suicide prevention goal.
Suicide Trend Analysis
Suicide Disparity Analysis