Complete Indicator Profile of Suicide Mortality Rate - Ages 15-24 (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 7A)
DefinitionSuicide mortality is defined as the number of deaths resulting from the intentional use of force against oneself per 100,000 population of that age group, in this case ages 15-24.
NumeratorNumber of deaths of ages 15-24 resulting from the intential use of force against oneself.
DenominatorMidyear resident population of 15-24 year olds for the same calendar year.
Why Is This Important?The economic and human cost of suicidal behavior to individuals, families, communities and society makes suicide a serious public health problem. Alaska had the highest age-adjusted suicide rate in the nation in 2010, the most recent year for which national data are currently available. During the 2005-2009 period, suicide was the leading cause of death among Alaskans aged 15-44 years and the sixth leading cause of death overall in Alaska. Between 2007 and 2011, Alaska's suicide rates continued to be the highest among males, young adults, American Indian/Alaska Native people, and persons living the rural regions of the state. Mental illness and other life stressors are highly associated with suicide.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 61, Number 4, May 8, 2013.
2. Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics.
Other ObjectivesHealthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 43.2 per 100,000 for ages 15-24.
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Suicide mortality rate per 100,000, ages 15-24, all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 2000-2020
Data NotesHealthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 43.2 per 100,000 for ages 15-24.
** Data Not Available
Rates for Alaska Natives for years 2001, 2005, and 2007, are based on fewer than 20 occurrences and are statistically unreliable. The values should be used with caution.
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Page Content Updated On 03/17/2014, Published on 03/17/2014