Suicide & Self-Harm Injuries

  • Purpose: To monitor population trends of suicide and self-harm injuries.
  • Key Information: Number of suicides and self-harm injuries which result in emergency room visits.
  • Collection Period: Deaths since 1999, Self-harm injuries since 2005.

Rhode Island Numbers

(Full Screen / Data / Notes)

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for Rhode Islanders ages 15 to 24. (source)
  • In 2011, 8.7% of surveyed Rhode Island high school students stated that they had ever attempted suicide. (source)

Overall Compared to United States, 2005-2009

  • Rhode Island's suicide death rate is slightly lower than the national rate.
  • Rhode Island rate of self-harm injuries is slightly higher than the national rate.
  • There was an unsually high rate of self-harm injuries in 2007.


Self-harm Injuries

By Age Group

  • The suicide death rate in Rhode Island is slightly lower than the national rate across all age groups.
  • Adults (ages 35-54) are have the highest rate of suicide.
  • The Rhode Island self-harm injury rate is slightly higher than the national rate across all age groups.
  • Teenagers and young adults (ages 15-24) have the highest rate of self-harm injuries.

Suicides, 2005-2009 Average

Self-harm Injuries, 2009

By Sex - Rhode Island

  • Males are more likely than females to die by suicide.
  • Females self-injure more than males, though in 2009 the male self-injury rate surpassed the female rate.


Self-harm Injuries

Notes:The Rhode Island Emergency Department Data counts every emergency department visit as a unique event. The WISQARS data uses a sampling survey method of 500,000 E.D. visits annually to calcultate rates. Injury was listed as the primary reason for emergency department visit or death. Rates based on less than 10 events have been suppressed.