Child and teen suicide, detailed in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Nationally and in Maine, the suicide rate for teens was on the rise between 2007 -2017.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. The most recent report for 2019 and 2020 shows national suicide rates of youth ages 15-24 of 13.9 in 2020 and 14.2 per 100,000 in 2020. Provisional Suicide National Data 2020

In Maine, the 5-year average annual child and teen suicide rate for age 10 -19 was 6.9 per 100,000 in 2011-2015 compared to the latest rate of 9.0 for 2016-2020.  At the county level, because there were less than 6 total deaths by suicide over a 5-year period, most county rates are suppressed. For 2016-2020, York, Penobscot and Cumberland Counties each averaged 2 teen suicides per year between 2016-2020, making Penobscot's rate higher since it is a less populous county. 
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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 2020 represents data for 2016-2020 averaged and 2019 represents data for the years 2015-2019 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: Data has been suppressed to preserve confidentiality. Maine CDC revised their rules to suppress both numbers and rates for sub-state level such as counties when the number is  less than 6.

Uploaded March 2022.