Complete Indicator Profile - Suicide Mortality Rate - Ages 15-24 (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 7A)

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Complete Indicator Profile of Suicide Mortality Rate - Ages 15-24 (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 7A)


Suicide 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. The definition of suicide is "death arising from an act inflicted upon oneself with the intent to kill oneself." ICD-9 codes: E950-E959. ICD-10 codes: *U03, X60-X84, Y87.0.


Number of deaths of ages 15-24 resulting from the intential use of force against oneself.


Midyear 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[1] 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 Objectives

Healthy Alaskans 2020 Target: 43.2 per 100,000 for ages 15-24.

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Graphical Data Views

Suicide mortality rate per 100,000, ages 15-24, all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 2000-2020

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Alaska Comparisons Year Suicide mortality per 100,000 ages 15-24 Numer- ator
Record Count: 47
All Alaskans 2000 54.5
All Alaskans 2001 25.9
All Alaskans 2002 33.5
All Alaskans 2003 33.5
All Alaskans 2004 41.2
All Alaskans 2005 26.7
All Alaskans 2006 37.2
All Alaskans 2007 30.4
All Alaskans 2008 38.9
All Alaskans 2009 33.5
All Alaskans 2010 46.0 49
All Alaskans 2011 34.0 36
All Alaskans 2012 34.1 36
Alaska Natives 2000 **
Alaska Natives 2001 69.9
Alaska Natives 2002 114.3
Alaska Natives 2003 114.4
Alaska Natives 2004 120.4
Alaska Natives 2005 69.3
Alaska Natives 2006 103.0
Alaska Natives 2007 79.8
Alaska Natives 2008 108.1
Alaska Natives 2009 103.4
Alaska Natives 2010 116.9 26
Alaska Natives 2011 96.5 21
Alaska Natives 2012 103.0 22
U.S. 2000 10.2
U.S. 2001 9.9
U.S. 2002 9.8
U.S. 2003 9.6
U.S. 2004 10.3
U.S. 2005 9.9
U.S. 2006 9.8
U.S. 2007 9.6
U.S. 2008 9.9
U.S. 2009 10.0
U.S. 2010 10.5
U.S. 2011 10.7
U.S. 2012 **
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2013 43.2
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2014 43.2
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2015 43.2
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2016 43.2
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2017 43.2
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2018 43.2
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2019 43.2
Healthy Alaskans Goal 2020 43.2

Data Notes

Healthy 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.   US - 2011 Preliminary.

Data Sources

  • Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics, Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Social Services
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More Resources and Links

Alaska and national goals may be found at the following sites:

Maps of health indicators for various subdivisions of Alaska may be found at the following site:

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

Page Content Updated On 08/13/2014, Published on 08/13/2014
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