Child and teen suicide (5 year averages) in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Nationally and in Maine, the suicide rate for teens is on the rise.In the U/S., suicide rates for youth ages 10 -19 rose 56% between 2007 and 2016, with greater increases among females than males.
In Maine, the child and teen suicide rate has risen from 5.3 to 8.7 comparing 5 year annual averages of 2008-2012 to 2014-2018. Although the number of suicides varies each year, the average number of suicides per year by youth under age 20 in Maine has risen by 50% in just 6 years and is well above the 2016 national average of 5.5 per 100,000. At the county level, because of small numbers, in all but the 4 most populous counties, the data may be unstable, meaning that just 1 suicide in a 5 year interval may affect the rate in a small county.
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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: This indicator shows the rate per 100,000 of deaths by suicide for youth ages 10 -19. It is based on 5 year averages where 2018 represents data for 2014-2018 averaged and 2017 represents data for the years 2013-2017 and so forth.  If you or anyone you know are struggling with thoughts of suicide, called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Data Source: Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics, Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Footnotes: Uploaded February 2020