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Teen Suicide Rate

After a spike in 2007, the teen suicide rate in Travis County decreased in 2008 and 2009, but is rising again, matching the statewide suicide rate. The rate for Travis County of 10.2 suicides per 100,000 represents 17 deaths.

Significance of Indicator: Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for teens. Furthermore, suicide attempts are one of the leading causes of serious teen injuries. In 2010, the Travis County’s suicide rate for youth ages 15-24 was 10.2 per 100,000 slightly lower than the Texas suicide rate of 10.8. Nationwide in 2009, 6.3% of high school students had attempted suicide one or more times - Texas rates are higher, with a range between 6.9% and 7.8%.

How we are doing on this Indicator: The teen suicide rate in Travis County has fluctuated in the past ten years around an average of 9.6 per 100,000 youth. After a spike in 2007, the teen suicide rate in Travis County has decreased to 8.4 (representing 12 deaths) in 2009, but is rising again as 2010 data demonstrate.

What the data tell us

A Closer Look at the Data

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Youth Suicide Rates for Texas and Travis County by Race

Youth suicide rates show stark differences by race. Consistent with data from the U.S. and Texas overall, Caucasians have the highest death rate in Travis County for this age group.

In 2010, out of the total 17 youth suicides in Travis County, 8 suicides were by Whites, 1 by Blacks, 5 by Hispanics and 3 identified as Other.

Definition: The number per 100,000 of completed youth suicides ages 15-24 in 2010

Data Source: Texas Department of State Health Services, 2010
soupfin.tdh.state.tx.us/death10.htm

Data Considerations: Suicide numbers for Blacks and Other Race in Travis County were too low to calculate a rate.

Youth Suicide Rates for Texas and Travis County by Gender in 2010

Similar to U.S. and Texas trends, male teens in Travis County had a considerable higher rate of suicides than females. In 2010, 16 males in Travis County committed suicide compared with 1 female. From 1999 through 2009, the average suicide rate for males in Travis County was 15.4 as compared to 3.3 for females.

Definition: The number per 100,000 of completed youth suicides ages 15-24 in 2007-2010

Data Source: Texas Department of State Health Services, 2010
soupfin.tdh.state.tx.us/death10.htm

Data Considerations: Suicide numbers for Females in Travis County were too low to calculate a rate. However, there were 1 female suicide in 2007, 3 in 2008, 4 in 2009, and 1 in 2010.

The Story Behind the Indicator

Prevalence of Youth Suicide

The CDC report that suicide is the third leading cause of death, behind accidents and homicide, of people aged 15 to 24, and the fourth leading cause of death for children ages 10-14. 

Suicidal Ideations and Suicide Attempts

Local Efforts to Improve this Indicator

Services

Prevention

Training

Guidelines and Policy

Public Awareness

Recommendations

Services to Youth

Training

Guidelines and Policy

Public Awareness

Contributors for this indicator

The Child and Youth Mental Health Planning Partnership, especially the subcommittee for developing indicators: Barbara Ball, SafePlace, and Kris Downing, Communities in Schools of Central Texas.