Suicide is an important public health problem. In the United States, decisions about whether deaths are listed as suicides on death certificates are usually made by a coroner or medical examiner. The definition of suicide is "death arising from an act inflicted upon oneself with the intent to kill oneself." ICD-9 codes: E950-E959. ICD-10 codes: *U03, X60-X84, Y87.0.
Suicides may be undercounted because of difficulty in the determination of suicidal intent by coroner or medical examiner.
Estimates based on fewer than 20 deaths are considered unreliable and are not displayed.
FOR SINGLE DATA YEARS: Rates are calculated based on the April 1 census counts for the censal years (e.g., 2000) and July 1 estimates from the Vintage matching the data year for the postcensal period. For example, for rates of data year 2004, the 2004 population estimates from Vintage 2004 are used as denominator.
FOR MULTIPLE DATA YEARS: Rates are calculated based on sum of data year populations from the Vintage matching the data years. For example, for rates of data years 2004-2006 combined, the sum of 2004 population from Vintage 2004, 2005 population from Vintage 2005, and 2006 population from Vintage 2006 are used as denominator.