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. A recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics found that the suicide death rate among persons aged 10–24 increased 47% from 2007 through 2017, and 56% in Maine. Adolescent suicide rates on the rise and Maine has a higher than average rate compared to other states.

In Maine, the 5-year average annual child and teen suicide rate  increased each year for last 4 years but dipped slightly to 8.5 per 100,000  for 2015-2019 compared to 8.7 for 2014-2018.  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. .Penobscot and  Cumberland Counties averaged 2 suicides per year between 2015-2019, making Penobscot's rate higher since it is a less populous county. Somerset and Piscataquis have had no suicides between 2015- 2019.
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Child and teen suicide (5 year averages)

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
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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 2019 represents data for 2015-2019averaged and 2018 represents data for the years 2014-2018 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 December 2020