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Idaho Suicide Facts and Statistics

Important Facts

  • Idaho is consistently among the states with the highest suicide rates. In 2010 (the most recent year available) Idaho had the 6th highest suicide rate, 49% higher than the national average.
  • In 2012, 299 people completed suicide in Idaho.
  • Between 2008 and 2012, 79% of suicides were by men.
  • In 2012, 59% of Idaho suicides involved a firearm. The national average is 51%.
  • 15.8% of Idaho youth attending traditional high schools reported seriously considering suicide in 2013. 7.0% reported making at least one attempt.
  • In 2010, there were 38,400 deaths by suicide in the United States, an average of 1 person every 15 minutes.
  • It is estimated that suicide attempts in Idaho result in $36 million in costs annually. Idaho’s costs for suicide completions annually is over $850,000 in medical care alone, and $343 million in total lifetime productivity lost. (Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Report, Idaho State University IRH, 2010)

Groups at Highest Risk in Idaho

The rate of suicide completion in Idaho is: 17.9 per 100,000 persons (2010)

  • For Native American young men, age15-17 the rate is 115.8, and for age 18-24 it is 88.1 (1992-2001)
  • For elderly males, 75 years and over the rate is 81.2 (1999-2001)
  • For working age males, age 18-64 the rate is 25.8 (1999-2001)
  • For teenaged males, age 15-17 the rate is 22.5 (1999-2001)

Results of the Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The "2011 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS): A Healthy Look at Idaho Youth" is based on a survey of 1,702 9th through 12th-graders in 48 public high schools across the state in the spring of 2011.

  • 27.3% of high school students reported that in the previous 12 months they felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more that they stopped doing some usual activities.
  • One in seven high school students and one in four 9th grade females reported seriously considering suicide in the previous 12 months
  • During the previous year 13.2% of high school students reported having actually made a plan about how they would attempt suicide.
  • 8.1% of high school females and 4.6% of high school males have attempted suicide one or more times during the previous 12 months.

For the latest data on suicide in Idaho, download the Suicide in Idaho Fact Sheet.

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