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Prevent Deaths from Suicide

Preventing deaths from suicide is one of seven priority areas from Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. Progress is updated annually. Get the 2018 Progress Report for this priority or view current data highlights below.

Key Strategies

Population interventions

  • Promote use of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Ensure communities implement an array of services and programs to promote safe and nurturing environments

Health equity interventions

  • Reduce the disparity of suicide among Native Americans.

Health system interventions

  • Create incentives for public health plans and health care providers to prevent deaths from suicide
  • Ensure training for health professionals is available to address suicide risk

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in Oregon, and is a major public health issue nationally.​​

  • There are more than 650 suicides in Oregon each year and more than 2,100 hospitalizations due to suicide attempts.

Individuals that attempt suicide, when not fatal, can have lasting health problems that may include brain damage, organ failure, depression and other mental health problems. Suicide also affects survivors and communities.

Suicide and other self-inflicted injuries result in an estimated $41.2 billion in combined medical and work loss costs in the United States annually.

Priority Targets - Highlights

Chart showing the percentage of suicide attempts among youth is increasing 

Adult suicide rate in Oregon. This chart shows the percentage of suicide attempts among youth is increasing.
Suicide attempts among youth (percentage of 8th graders)
Year 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017
Percentage 8.0% 6.7% 7.9% 8.2% 8.7%
2020 Target 7% 7%

Data source: Oregon Healthy Teens Survey

Chart showing the rate of suicide attempts among adults is increasing. 

Adult suicide rate. This chart shows the rate of suicide attempts among adults is increasing.
Adult suicide rate (per 100,000)
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
14.6 16.2 17.1 16.5 17.7 18.7 17.7 17.8 19
2020 Target 16 16 16

Data source: Oregon Vital Statistics

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