13 — Suicide


Suicide is always a topic of social concern when it comes to public health news and the press.

Suicide is a very complex social problem, with different causes and mechanisms employed in the suicide related event that are very age-gender specific.

In mapping the suicide issues nationally, there are specific regions that have tendencies for certain age groups to demonstrate high prevalence of overall suicide patterns and behaviors.

The “Niagara Falls” phenomenon is very limited to pre-retirement adult age groups, whereas the Pacific Northwest has a tendency to demonstrate peaks in teenage and pre-teen suicide rates.    The following depictions of the national maps tell use there are several important places and age groups that could become the targets of large scale suicide studies and/or intervention programs.

Warning: Data are based upon preliminary numbers for now.