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Complete Indicator Profile of Suicide

Definition

Suicides include all resident deaths where a suicide was coded as the underlying (primary) cause of death.

Numerator

Number of suicide deaths (ICD-10: X60-X84 and Y87.0)

Denominator

Total resident population

Why Is This Important?

"In 2008, suicide was the fourth leading cause of injury death in North Carolina and was among the top five leading causes of injury death for North Carolinians aged 10 years and older. Depression, which is the second leading cause of life lived with a disability in the state, is a leading cause of suicide." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Suicide Rate North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2012

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
North Carolina 2008 12.4 1,160
North Carolina 2009 12.4 1,161
North Carolina 2010 11.9 1,160
North Carolina 2011 12.1 1,196
North Carolina 2012 12.7 12.0 13.4 1,281
HNC 2020 Target 2008 8.3
HNC 2020 Target 2009 8.3
HNC 2020 Target 2010 8.3
HNC 2020 Target 2011 8.3
HNC 2020 Target 2012 8.3

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics  NCHS Bridged Population Estimates 



Suicide by Race/Ethnicity, 2012

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Race/Ethnicity Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
Total 12.7 12.0 13.4 1,281
White (Non-Hispanic) 16.5 15.6 17.5 1,140
Black (Non-Hispanic) 4.1 3.2 5.0 87
American Indian (Non-Hispanic) ** 9
Other (Non-Hispanic) 8.5 4.9 12.1 21
Hispanic 3.3 2.0 4.6 24

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard. 



Suicide by County, 2008-2012

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A map depicting age adjusted death rates at the county level over a five year period is available at http://www.schs.state.nc.us/schs/gis/atlas/PDFs/Suicide12.pdf. Causes of death were coded using the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).

County Deaths per 100,000 (age-adjusted) Lower Limit Upper Limit Numerator
Alamance 10.7 8.3 13.1 83
Alexander 20.0 13.7 26.3 40
Alleghany ** 13
Anson ** 19
Ashe 20.6 13.0 28.2 28
Avery 24.6 14.6 34.6 23
Beaufort 11.7 7.6 15.8 30
Bertie ** 11
Bladen ** 18
Brunswick 13.4 10.5 16.3 80
Buncombe 15.7 13.5 17.9 201
Burke 16.4 12.7 20.1 76
Cabarrus 13.9 11.4 16.4 122
Caldwell 16.7 12.8 20.6 67
Camden ** 6
Carteret 17.0 12.9 21.1 64
Caswell 15.7 8.8 22.6 20
Catawba 16.6 13.9 19.3 136
Chatham 14.4 10.3 18.5 47
Cherokee 15.9 9.6 22.2 24
Chowan ** 5
Clay ** 9
Cleveland 18.0 14.3 21.7 88
Columbus 13.1 9.0 17.2 38
Craven 13.0 9.9 16.1 67
Cumberland 14.4 12.4 16.4 223
Currituck ** 19
Dare 15.2 9.7 20.7 29
Davidson 12.2 9.8 14.6 104
Davie 14.2 9.1 19.3 29
Duplin 14.6 10.1 19.1 41
Durham 8.7 7.1 10.3 115
Edgecombe 9.1 5.6 12.6 26
Forsyth 11.5 9.9 13.1 206
Franklin 15.7 11.4 20.0 49
Gaston 15.3 12.9 17.7 164
Gates ** 6
Graham ** 10
Granville 13.6 9.5 17.7 41
Greene ** 9
Guilford 9.9 8.7 11.1 251
Halifax 11.2 7.1 15.3 29
Harnett 11.2 8.5 13.9 63
Haywood 14.9 10.6 19.2 47
Henderson 16.3 13.0 19.6 97
Hertford ** 8
Hoke 9.5 5.4 13.6 21
Hyde ** 1
Iredell 11.9 9.5 14.3 98
Jackson 13.0 7.9 18.1 25
Johnston 12.3 9.9 14.7 103
Jones ** 5
Lee 9.8 6.1 13.5 28
Lenoir 10.6 6.9 14.3 32
Lincoln 12.0 8.7 15.3 51
Macon 20.2 13.3 27.1 34
Madison ** 16
Martin 16.1 9.2 23.0 21
McDowell 16.4 11.1 21.7 37
Mecklenburg 9.4 8.4 10.4 432
Mitchell ** 7
Montgomery ** 17
Moore 16.9 13.0 20.8 75
Nash 11.1 8.2 14.0 53
New Hanover 14.3 11.9 16.7 150
Northampton ** 16
Onslow 12.9 10.5 15.3 116
Orange 12.9 10.2 15.6 84
Pamlico ** 16
Pasquotank ** 16
Pender 15.1 10.4 19.8 40
Perquimans ** 6
Person 14.9 9.8 20.0 32
Pitt 8.5 6.5 10.5 68
Polk ** 12
Randolph 16.1 13.2 19.0 116
Richmond 14.1 9.2 19.0 33
Robeson 11.9 9.2 14.6 77
Rockingham 13.0 9.9 16.1 64
Rowan 13.5 10.8 16.2 96
Rutherford 15.0 10.9 19.1 51
Sampson 12.5 8.6 16.4 41
Scotland ** 8
Stanly 16.4 11.9 20.9 49
Stokes 18.4 13.1 23.7 47
Surry 15.4 11.5 19.3 60
Swain ** 16
Transylvania 15.9 9.8 22.0 27
Tyrrell ** 4
Union 11.8 9.6 14.0 111
Vance 15.4 10.3 20.5 34
Wake 8.8 8.0 9.6 394
Warren ** 13
Washington ** 2
Watauga 15.4 10.3 20.5 34
Wayne 10.9 8.4 13.4 67
Wilkes 12.9 9.4 16.4 49
Wilson 7.3 4.8 9.8 31
Yadkin 13.1 8.0 18.2 26
Yancey ** 15
North Carolina 12.2 11.8 12.6 5,958

Data Notes

Deaths were coded under the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Age-adjusted death rates were calculated using the direct method and the projected United States 2000 population as the standard.  **Rates are displayed only for counties that have a minimum of 20 deaths. U.S. data are for 2010.

Data Sources

Death Certificate Database, State Center for Health Statistics  NCHS Bridged Population Estimates 

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