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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.

Dashboard: Suicide Rates

Suicide Rate Stable Forsyth County

  •  Since 2008, Forsyth County’s suicide rate has hovered between 11 and 13 suicides per 100,000 residents.

Younger Residents Have Lower Rates of Suicide

  • Residents under 25 have the lowest suicide rates, while all other age groups display similair rates.

Disparities in Suicide Rate by Gender

  • Males commit suicide at much higher frequencies than females.

Disparities in Suicide Rate by Race

  • African Americans have historically had lower suicide rates than whites.
Notes on Data

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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,