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Idaho Suicide Facts and Statistics

Important Facts

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Idahoans age 15-34 and for males age 10-14. (The leading cause of death is accidents.)
  • Idaho is consistently among the states with the highest suicide rates. In 2015 Idaho had the 5th highest suicide rate, 57% higher than the national average.
  • In 2015, 362 people completed suicide in Idaho; one suicide death every day.
  • Between 2011 and 2015, 78% of suicides were by men.
  • In 2015, 60% of Idaho suicides involved a firearm.
  • 19.8% (1 in 5) of Idaho youth attending regular public and charter high schools reported seriously considering suicide in 2015. 9.8%  (1 in 10) reported making at least one attempt.
  • Between 2011 and 2015, 102 Idaho school children (age 18 and under) died by suicide.  Twenty-four of these were age 14 and under.
  • Number of emergency department visits for self-inflicted injury per year:  836,000 in the United States
  • In 2015, there were 44,193 deaths by suicide in the United States, an average of 1 person every 12 minutes.

Results of the Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The "2015 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS): A Healthy Look at Idaho Youth" is based on a survey of 1,886 9th through 12th-graders in 52 public high schools across the state in the spring of 2013.

  • 29.4% 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 13.0% of high school students reported having actually made a plan about how they would attempt suicide.

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