Suicide is a major public health issue – and around the clock, its impact is felt globally. More than 800,000 people worldwide die by suicide annually, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In the U.S., more than 44,000 people die by suicide annually – making suicide the eigth leading cause of death (Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). In 2015, 9.8 million U.S. adults aged 18 or older thought seriously about attempting suicide, including the 2.7 million who made suicide plans and 1.4 million who made non-fatal attempts (Source: SAMHSA).
In 2015, 1,129 residents died by suicide. At nearly 15.18 deaths per 100,000 people, this is higher than the annual age-adjusted suicide rate of 13.26 per 100,000 individuals (Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention).
Suicide Trends in Washington State
According to multiple sources, Washington state has higher rates of suicide than the national average. The Washington State Department of Health’s death tables show that in 2015, the state’s suicide rate was 16.1 people per 100,o00.
Image source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Leading causes of suicide death in Washington state
Sources: Washington State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Following the national trend, over half of all deaths by suicide were by firearms.
Firearm deaths in Washington state
In 2015, there were 714 deaths by firearm in Washington state. Suicide was the leading cause of firearm death.
|Cause of firearm death||Percent of firearm deaths|
|Other (legal intervention, accident, unknown)||3|
Suicide Age and Gender
In Washington state, men die by suicide three times as often as women:
Source: Washington State Department of Health
Rates of Suicide by County
At a rate per 100,000, the following Washington state counties had the highest suicide rates: Asotin, Clallam, Cowlitz, Douglas, Grays Harbor, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pacific, and Stevens had the highest suicide rates.
- Statistics from the Washington State Injury and Violence Prevention Guide, January 2013. Profiles Washington State Data
- Suicide chapter from the Washington State Injury and Violence Prevention Guide
- Interactive Washington State Map with detailed ratios of Suicide Rates to Licensed Mental Health Providers per County
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: National (CDC) Facts & Figures
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC): National Suicide Statistics at a Glance
- Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan (January 2016)