Idaho Suicide Facts and Statistics

Important Facts

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Idahoans age 15-34 and for males up to age 44. 
  • Idaho is consistently among the states with the highest suicide rates. In 2016 Idaho had the 8th highest suicide rate, 57% higher than the national average.
  • In 2016, 351 people completed suicide in Idaho; nearly one suicide death every day.
  • Between 2012 and 2016, 78% of suicides were by men.
  • In 2016, 60% of Idaho suicides involved a firearm.
  • 21.7% (1 in 5) of Idaho youth attending regular public and charter high schools reported seriously considering suicide in 2017. 9.7% (1 in 10) reported making at least one attempt.
  • Between 2012 and 2016, 105 Idaho school children (age 18 and under) died by suicide.  27 of these were age 14 or younger.
  • In 2016, there were 44,965 deaths by suicide in the United States, an average of 1 person every 12 minutes.
  • Between 2012-2016, an estimated 7,100 adults age 18 and up attempted suicide in Idaho; resulting in an attempt rate of 686 per 100,000.

Results of the Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The "2017 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey" 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.