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Suicide Rate


Suicide is considered a public health issue linked to biological, psychological, and societal contributing factors.1 The United States experienced an increase in rates of suicide across the country between the early 1990’s and 2000’s, leading researchers, elected officials, and practitioners to identify programmatic solutions and preventative strategies.2 At the local level, greater knowledge around suicidal ideations, attempts, and associated behaviors may support impact strategies and action efforts to minimize and reduce the number of occurrences. Information sharing, data collection, and collaborative action networks may also support general awareness and connect our community to supportive mental health services and resources.

The rate of suicide is measured by the number of occurrences per 100,000 individuals in a given population per year. The rate of suicide rather than the actual number of occurrences is used to minimize potential privacy concerns due to the sensitive nature of the indicator topic.

Suicide Rate in Forsyth County

  • Between 1997 to 2016, the suicide rate in Forsyth County ranged between 7.9 and 13.5.
Notes on Data

This report has been produced to support grant writing efforts. As such, the validity and reliability of the data in this report has not been rigorously statistically tested. Forsyth Futures does not support the use of this data for specific programmatic planning. If you are interested in using data from this report for more rigorous purposes, please contact for a consultation on how best to proceed.

Literature References
  1. (1) Curtin SC, Warner M, Hedegaard H. Increase in suicide in the United States, 1999–2014. NCHS Data Brief 2016; 241:1–8.
  2. Kessler RC, Berglund P, Borges G, Nock M, Wang PS. Trends in Suicide Ideation, Plans, Gestures, and Attempts in the United States, 1990-1992 to 2001-2003. JAMA. 2005;293(20):2487–2495.
Data Sources

North Carolina State Center of Health Statistics,