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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | November 3, 2011

CA's Youth Suicide Rate Has Declined, Updated Data Show

Data just posted to show that California’s youth suicide rate declined to its lowest level in more than 10 years. The rate, which was 6.6 suicides in ’07-’09 per 100,000 youth ages 15-24, was about 30% lower than the rate of 9.4 in ’95-’97.

Key Findings

Local Data


Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24 nationwide. Though it is likely underreported due to social stigma, reported suicides account for approximately 4,400 deaths a year among youth in the U.S. Youth suicide rates have decreased somewhat in the past decade; however, youth suicide continues to be a salient national problem. In 2009, 6.3% of U.S. 9th-12th graders reported having attempted suicide one or more times in the past year. More >>

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View this slideshow for a summary of key data findings on suicide and self-inflicted injuries. Mascots is a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health, which uses data to promote the health and well being of children.
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