Living Well / Reducing Suicide

Living Well / Reducing Suicide2022-02-02T09:05:42-08:00

There are twice as many suicides as homicides in California.1

Over the past decade, statewide suicide rates have been rising.1Suicide is a major health concern in California that can both have immediate and long-term impacts on individuals, families, and entire communities.1Lasting effects include, and are not limited to, change in family structure, household income, psychological impacts/disorders, chronic diseases.1 Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor.2 Other problems often contribute to suicide, such as relationship issues, substance use, physical health, and unemployment, poverty, legal, or housing stress.2

This indicator tracks the age-adjusted suicide rate per 100,000 people.


In 2010 (baseline year), there were 10.0 suicides per 100,000 people. The most recent rate available is 10.6 (2019). The target is to be determined (TBD) for this indicator.

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Indicator Highlights

Data Snapshot: Trends & Disparities

Age-Adjusted Suicide Rate per 100,000 People, Over Time

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Age-Adjusted Suicide Rate per 100,000 People, Demographic Category

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Age-Adjusted Suicide Rate per 100,000 People, by County

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Indicator Name: Suicide

Indicator Description: Age Adjusted Suicide Rate per 100,000 people

Data Limitations: Data does not include out-of-state deaths for California residents, nor in-state deaths for non-California residents. Physician-assisted suicides are not included.

Indicator Source: California Comprehensive Death File / Death Stat Master File

Indicator Calculation Methodology: Number of deaths determined to be a suicide (as per coroner/medical examiner) divided by total population, adjusted to a standardized age distribution of a population of 100,000

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Reporting Cycle: Annually, usually in Fall

Reporting Lag: 1 year

1. California Department Public Health (2018). Preventing Violence in California: Data Brief 1: Overview of Homicide and Suicide Deaths in California. Sacramento, CA: California Department of Public Health

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Suicide Rising across the U.S.

3. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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