Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Suicide

This indicator shows the age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population due to suicide.

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Suicide

12.6
19.1
Comparison: CA Counties 

9.8

deaths/100,000 population
Measurement Period: 2010-2012

County: San Francisco

Categories: Health / Mental Health & Mental Disorders, Health / Mortality Data
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 57 California counties.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2014
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Why is this important?

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, presenting a major, preventable public health problem. More than 33,000 people kill themselves each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but suicide deaths only account for part of the problem. An estimated 25 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death, and those who survive suicide may have serious injuries, in addition to having depression and other mental problems. Other repercussions of suicide include the combined medical and lost work costs on the community, totaling to over $30 billion for all suicides in a year, and the emotional toll on family and friends. Men are about four times more likely than women to die of suicide, but three times more women than men report attempting suicide. Suicide occurs at a disproportionately higher rate among adults 75 years and older.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the suicide rate to 10.2 deaths per 100,000 population.

Local Comments:

Progress in the last year
In 2009 - 2011, the age-adjusted death rate due to suicide was 10.5 deaths/100,000 population while the current data for 2010 - 2012 is 9.8 deaths/100,000 population.
 
What is the current status?
SF Suicide Prevention:
  • The suicide prevention hotline, which is the oldest suicide prevention hotline in the United States, talks to 200 people a day. 
  • The average age of callers is going up, even though community age is not going up. Realized that younger people are not using phone, so SF Suicide Prevention put in chat and e-mail service. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention offers “intervention” but is called “prevention.” They try to push them back away from suicide, but don’t have the resources to really do prevention. 
  • The organization has analyzed ages, ethnicities, and other data related to local suicides and realized that the opportunity for prevention is likely in health care. Many people who commit suicide have seen a physician within one month prior to the suicide. People who have made an attempt at suicide and were treated are likely to do so again soon after. 
  • Trying to establish dialogue with medical professionals. The organization has a doctor as an intern right now. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention operates a number of other services including an alcohol-and-drug hotline, an AIDS nightline (after 5 p.m. when others close), and a youth training service for middle and high schools to teach peer support. 
  • Suicide hotline becomes 211 from 5 p.m. – 9 a.m. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention has created a set of suicide prevention strategies, and shared them in a handout to the group. 
View the full 2011 Champion Report on this indicator.

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Suicide : Time Series

2002-2004: 10.7 2004-2006: 10.5 2005-2007: 10.5 2006-2008: 10.7 2007-2009: 10.4 2008-2010: 9.8 2009-2011: 10.5 2010-2012: 9.8

deaths/100,000 population

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Suicide

Comparison: Prior Value 

9.8

deaths/100,000 population
Measurement Period: 2010-2012

County: San Francisco

Categories: Health / Mental Health & Mental Disorders, Health / Mortality Data
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2014

Why is this important?

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, presenting a major, preventable public health problem. More than 33,000 people kill themselves each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but suicide deaths only account for part of the problem. An estimated 25 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death, and those who survive suicide may have serious injuries, in addition to having depression and other mental problems. Other repercussions of suicide include the combined medical and lost work costs on the community, totaling to over $30 billion for all suicides in a year, and the emotional toll on family and friends. Men are about four times more likely than women to die of suicide, but three times more women than men report attempting suicide. Suicide occurs at a disproportionately higher rate among adults 75 years and older.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the suicide rate to 10.2 deaths per 100,000 population.

Local Comments:

Progress in the last year
In 2009 - 2011, the age-adjusted death rate due to suicide was 10.5 deaths/100,000 population while the current data for 2010 - 2012 is 9.8 deaths/100,000 population.
 
What is the current status?
SF Suicide Prevention:
  • The suicide prevention hotline, which is the oldest suicide prevention hotline in the United States, talks to 200 people a day. 
  • The average age of callers is going up, even though community age is not going up. Realized that younger people are not using phone, so SF Suicide Prevention put in chat and e-mail service. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention offers “intervention” but is called “prevention.” They try to push them back away from suicide, but don’t have the resources to really do prevention. 
  • The organization has analyzed ages, ethnicities, and other data related to local suicides and realized that the opportunity for prevention is likely in health care. Many people who commit suicide have seen a physician within one month prior to the suicide. People who have made an attempt at suicide and were treated are likely to do so again soon after. 
  • Trying to establish dialogue with medical professionals. The organization has a doctor as an intern right now. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention operates a number of other services including an alcohol-and-drug hotline, an AIDS nightline (after 5 p.m. when others close), and a youth training service for middle and high schools to teach peer support. 
  • Suicide hotline becomes 211 from 5 p.m. – 9 a.m. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention has created a set of suicide prevention strategies, and shared them in a handout to the group. 
View the full 2011 Champion Report on this indicator.

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Suicide : Time Series

2002-2004: 10.7 2004-2006: 10.5 2005-2007: 10.5 2006-2008: 10.7 2007-2009: 10.4 2008-2010: 9.8 2009-2011: 10.5 2010-2012: 9.8

deaths/100,000 population

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Suicide

Target Not Met
Comparison: Community Target 

9.8

deaths/100,000 population
Measurement Period: 2010-2012

County: San Francisco

Community Target: 5.0 deaths/100,000 population
Categories: Health / Mental Health & Mental Disorders, Health / Mortality Data
Maintained By: SFHIP
Last Updated: April 2014

Why is this important?

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, presenting a major, preventable public health problem. More than 33,000 people kill themselves each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but suicide deaths only account for part of the problem. An estimated 25 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death, and those who survive suicide may have serious injuries, in addition to having depression and other mental problems. Other repercussions of suicide include the combined medical and lost work costs on the community, totaling to over $30 billion for all suicides in a year, and the emotional toll on family and friends. Men are about four times more likely than women to die of suicide, but three times more women than men report attempting suicide. Suicide occurs at a disproportionately higher rate among adults 75 years and older.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the suicide rate to 10.2 deaths per 100,000 population.

Local Comments:

Progress in the last year
In 2009 - 2011, the age-adjusted death rate due to suicide was 10.5 deaths/100,000 population while the current data for 2010 - 2012 is 9.8 deaths/100,000 population.
 
What is the current status?
SF Suicide Prevention:
  • The suicide prevention hotline, which is the oldest suicide prevention hotline in the United States, talks to 200 people a day. 
  • The average age of callers is going up, even though community age is not going up. Realized that younger people are not using phone, so SF Suicide Prevention put in chat and e-mail service. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention offers “intervention” but is called “prevention.” They try to push them back away from suicide, but don’t have the resources to really do prevention. 
  • The organization has analyzed ages, ethnicities, and other data related to local suicides and realized that the opportunity for prevention is likely in health care. Many people who commit suicide have seen a physician within one month prior to the suicide. People who have made an attempt at suicide and were treated are likely to do so again soon after. 
  • Trying to establish dialogue with medical professionals. The organization has a doctor as an intern right now. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention operates a number of other services including an alcohol-and-drug hotline, an AIDS nightline (after 5 p.m. when others close), and a youth training service for middle and high schools to teach peer support. 
  • Suicide hotline becomes 211 from 5 p.m. – 9 a.m. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention has created a set of suicide prevention strategies, and shared them in a handout to the group. 
View the full 2011 Champion Report on this indicator.

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Suicide : Time Series

2002-2004: 10.7 2004-2006: 10.5 2005-2007: 10.5 2006-2008: 10.7 2007-2009: 10.4 2008-2010: 9.8 2009-2011: 10.5 2010-2012: 9.8

deaths/100,000 population

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Suicide

Target Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

9.8

deaths/100,000 population
Measurement Period: 2010-2012

County: San Francisco

Healthy People 2020 Target: 10.2 deaths/100,000 population
Categories: Health / Mental Health & Mental Disorders, Health / Mortality Data
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2014

Why is this important?

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, presenting a major, preventable public health problem. More than 33,000 people kill themselves each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but suicide deaths only account for part of the problem. An estimated 25 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death, and those who survive suicide may have serious injuries, in addition to having depression and other mental problems. Other repercussions of suicide include the combined medical and lost work costs on the community, totaling to over $30 billion for all suicides in a year, and the emotional toll on family and friends. Men are about four times more likely than women to die of suicide, but three times more women than men report attempting suicide. Suicide occurs at a disproportionately higher rate among adults 75 years and older.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the suicide rate to 10.2 deaths per 100,000 population.

Local Comments:

Progress in the last year
In 2009 - 2011, the age-adjusted death rate due to suicide was 10.5 deaths/100,000 population while the current data for 2010 - 2012 is 9.8 deaths/100,000 population.
 
What is the current status?
SF Suicide Prevention:
  • The suicide prevention hotline, which is the oldest suicide prevention hotline in the United States, talks to 200 people a day. 
  • The average age of callers is going up, even though community age is not going up. Realized that younger people are not using phone, so SF Suicide Prevention put in chat and e-mail service. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention offers “intervention” but is called “prevention.” They try to push them back away from suicide, but don’t have the resources to really do prevention. 
  • The organization has analyzed ages, ethnicities, and other data related to local suicides and realized that the opportunity for prevention is likely in health care. Many people who commit suicide have seen a physician within one month prior to the suicide. People who have made an attempt at suicide and were treated are likely to do so again soon after. 
  • Trying to establish dialogue with medical professionals. The organization has a doctor as an intern right now. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention operates a number of other services including an alcohol-and-drug hotline, an AIDS nightline (after 5 p.m. when others close), and a youth training service for middle and high schools to teach peer support. 
  • Suicide hotline becomes 211 from 5 p.m. – 9 a.m. 
  • SF Suicide Prevention has created a set of suicide prevention strategies, and shared them in a handout to the group. 
View the full 2011 Champion Report on this indicator.

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Suicide : Time Series

2002-2004: 10.7 2004-2006: 10.5 2005-2007: 10.5 2006-2008: 10.7 2007-2009: 10.4 2008-2010: 9.8 2009-2011: 10.5 2010-2012: 9.8

deaths/100,000 population