Contact: Maine Injury Prevention Program And Suicide Prevention Program
Maine Injury Prevention Program And Suicide Prevention Program
286 Water St Key Bank Plaza, 5th Floor
Augusta, ME 04333
Suicidal behavior is complex and frightening. The impact of a suicide is devastating to family, friends, and entire communities. The frequency of suicide in Maine is cause for concern - there is one suicide every two days on average.
From 2005-2009, there were 901 deaths by suicide in the Maine population. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Maine residents, accounting for an average of 180 deaths annually. Of every 5 suicides, 4 are males.
Firearms were used in 53% of suicide deaths, poison in 22% and suffocation in 20% of all suicides during this time period. For every homicide there were 7 suicides during this time period.
Suicidal behavior, especially among young people, is a much larger public health problem than what is represented in death statistics. From 2005-2009, a total of 5,578 individuals were treated and discharged for self-injury in Maine hospitals. In 2009 alone, there were 1,135 hospital discharges for self-inflicted injuries. The highest rate of hospitalization for self-inflicted injuries was among youth aged 15-24 (15.1 per 10,000). Females were more likely to be hospitalized and to have an outpatient emergency department visit than males.
In the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 13.8% of high school and 19.5% of middle school students reported seriously considering suicide in the past year; 9% of high school and 9% of middle school students reported making at least one suicide attempt. Suicide attempts by young people are more likely to be non-fatal and result in an emergency department or hospital visit than attempts among older people. According to national estimates, there may be 25 to 100 non-fatal suicide attempts for every completed youth suicide
Everyone can help prevent suicide. This site is designed to help you learn more about suicide prevention and how you can help. Whether you are a youth looking for help for a friend or yourself, a parent, a family member, co-worker or other interested person, this site will provide you with education, resources, and support.
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