We want the trend of suicide deaths in Vermont to go down.
This is a Vermont Department of Health Healthy Vermonters 2020 objective and county level data is available.
Author: Vermont Department of Mental Health
Suicide is a major public health challenge, but it is often preventable. In 2016, Suicide was the 8th leading cause of death for all Vermonters. 1
Over the past two decades, trends in death by suicide have increased in Vermont and the United States. Since 2000, this rate in death by suicide has increased by 49%, which is the second largest percent increase in the United State (13.2 per 100,000 persons 1999-2001 to 19.7 per 100,000 persons 2014-2016). 2
In recent years, more than 100 Vermonters have died by suicide each year. Vermont's rates of suicide, calculated as the number of deaths by suicide per 100,000 people, are higher than the national averages.1 . Deaths by suicide in Vermont appear to follow national patterns in terms of age and gender breakdowns. More men die by suicide than women. Firearms are the method used for nearly two-thirds of the deaths by suicide. 1
Only about a third of people who took their own life had a reported history of mental health treatment.3 Suicide is not just a mental health problem, it is community problem. Suicide touches every socioeconomic status, race, identity, and community… and everyone can help.
The Vermont Departments of Health and Mental Health are collaborating with community partners to reduce these rates. One Agency cannot turn the curve alone; there are many partners who have a role to play making a difference.
1 Vermont Vital Statistics. For more data on suicide mortality and self-harm morbidity, please visit our website.
2 Vital Signs: Trends in Suicide Rates and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide — United States, 1999–2016 and 27 States, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67(22):617-624.
Suicide is a major public health challenge, but it is often preventable. If you or someone you know needs help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273 TALK -- A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386
The Agency of Human Services is currently using the scorecard to assess our agency contribution to reducing the rate of suicide in Vermont, and to keep track of key data elements to guide our efforts. One Agency cannot turn the curve alone; there are many partners who have a role to play making a difference.
Updated in July 2019