In Oregon, the suicide rate in 2016 is 17.8 suicide deaths per 100,000. Oregon ranks the 16th highest in the country and 42 percent higher than the national average of 13.0 (CDC; NCHS). In all, 772 Oregonians died by suicide in 2016 and the rate of suicide among Oregonians has been increasing since 2000.
In Josephine County, from 2012 to 2016, the suicide rate is 23.7 deaths per 100,000, with an average annual death of 21 deaths. The average annual population in JoCo between 2012 and 2016 has been 83,688.
NOTES: Except for Male-Other, all differences in percentages between 1999 and 2014 were significant at the 0.05 level. Suicide deaths are those with International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (ICD–10) underlying cause-of-death codes U03, X60–84, and Y87.0. Suicide methods are identified with codes X72–X74 for firearm, X60–X69 for poisoning, and X70 for suffocation. “Other” includes: Cut/Pierce; Drowning; Falls; Fire/Flame; Other land transport; Struck by or against; Other specified, classifiable Injury; Other specified, not elsewhere classified Injury; and Unspecified Injury, as classified by ICD–10 (SOURCE: NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality)
¹Every death by suicide leaves approximately six individuals affected. The numbers in this column are estimates based on actual deaths. They have not been adjusted to 100,000 population rates.
²Preliminary Report: Data is not final (Source:Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Epidemiology, Center for Health Statistics (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000). Oregon vital statistics county data book.
Percent distribution of the 10 leading causes of death, by age group: United States, 2010
NOTES: CLRD is Chronic lower respiratory diseases; HIV is Human immunodeficiency virus. Values show percentage of total deaths.
SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality. cdc.gov (PDF)
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2011), studies indicate that mental health problems are the most commonly noted circumstance for suicide with 41.6% described as having a depressed mood at the time of their deaths. And, among those with a diagnosed mental health problem, females were more likely than males to have been diagnosed with bipolar or anxiety disorders while males, more often than females, were diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and attention deficit disorder/attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).