U.S. states with the highest adolescent suicide rates U.S. 2019

Alaska was the state with the highest rate of suicidal death among adolescents in the U.S. in 2019, with around 36 deaths per 100,000 adolescents. The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased over recent years and is now the tenth leading cause of death. Suicide is more common among men than women with rates among men over three times higher than among women.

Risk factors

Risk factors for suicide include mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders, as well as substance abuse. In fact, suicidal thoughts, plans to commit suicide, and suicide attempts are all more common among those with drug or alcohol dependence or abuse. In terms of suicides due to a known mental disorder, depression accounts for around 75 percent of all such suicides.

Methods

Most suicides in the United States are carried out by firearms, however, the most common method of suicide differs from country to country. In 2017, almost 24,000 suicides were conducted by firearms, or half of all suicides that year. Firearms are the most common means of suicide among males, but suicide by poisoning is slightly more common than the use of firearms among females.

States with the highest rates of suicidal death among adolescents in the U.S. as of 2019 (per 100,000 adolescents)*

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Sources

Release date

2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2019

Age group

15-19 years

Supplementary notes

* Figures are estimates based on previous data from the CDC.

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