New Report Sheds Light on Rising Rate of Suicide Deaths in Ohio

New Report Sheds Light on Rising Rate of Suicide Deaths in Ohio

A new report released this week details the rising suicide rate in Ohio. Suicide in Ohio: Facts, Figures, and the Future consists of three installments examining the state’s overall trend, and deep dives into the impact and community responses to suicide in Northeast and Southwest Ohio.

Produced by the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition, in partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, the report utilizes a decade’s worth of Ohio Department of Health data.

The goal of the report, according to Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population director Rick Hodges, is for local and state policymakers to use this information to explore how the risk of suicide might be reduced.

“This research provides a voice for the silent tragedy taking place around us,” Hodges said. “It speaks to this disease of despair and calls us to act with empathy and compassion; it shows us how we need to improve opportunities for, and access to, care.”

Some notable statistics from Suicide in Ohio: Facts, Figures, and the Future:

  • White Ohioans had an average annual crude suicide rate of 15.1 per 100,000 population followed by African Americans (7.51), Hispanics (5.95), and other racial groups (5.79).
  • Recent projections by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute estimate a 17 percent increase in deaths by suicide in Ohio for every 10 percent increase in the unemployment rate. Ohio’s unemployment rate grew to 16.8 percent in May 2020 (an increase of 12.6 percent since December 2019), creating a potential environment in which suicide deaths could increase across the state.
  • Ohioans who were married or never married accounted for the highest total number of suicide deaths but those who were separated or divorced had the highest suicide death rates per 100,000.
  • Ohioans with college degrees were less likely to die by suicide than those with high school diplomas or those who had not completed high school.
  • Firearms were involved in 51.7 percent of all suicide fatalities.
  • Intentional overdose accounted for 11.1 percent of all suicide fatalities.

To read the report in full, visit the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition.

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