1995 Arizona Suicide Mortality Report

Table of Contents


Topic 1. Age-Adjusted and Age-Specific Suicide Mortality Rates by Year, Arizona and United States, 1985-1995
Topic 2. Comparison of Suicide Mortality Rates for Adolescents, Young Adults and the Elderly, 1985-1995
Topic 3. Average Annual Suicide Mortality Rates Among Persons 19 Years old or Less, 1985-1995
Topic 4. Suicide by Gender, 1985-1995
Topic 5. Average Annual Suicide Mortality Rates by Marital Status, 1985-1995
Topic 6. Average Annual Suicide Mortality Rates by Ethnic Group, 1985-1995
Topic 7. Suicides by Firearms and other Means among Adolescents in Arizona and the U.S., 1987-1993
Topic 8. Non-Firearm Suicides Among Adolescents in Arizona and the U.S., 1987-1993
Topic 9. Differences in the Risk of Suicide Among Native-Born and Non-Native Arizonans, 1985-1995
Topic 10. Age-Adjusted Suicide Mortality Rates by State in 1993
Topic 11. Suicide Mortality Rates by State Among Male Adolescents in 1993
Topic 12. Suicide Mortality Rates by State Among Female Adolescents in 1993
Topic 13. Suicide Mortality Rates by State Among Elderly Males in 1993
Topic 14. Suicide Mortality Rates by State Among Elderly Females in 1993
Topic 15. Suicide by County, 1985-1995

This section presents some illustrative findings from the 14 topics above.

When possible, U.S. data as well as data for other states are presented in order to provide a comparative context for Arizona suicide mortality. Relative to people nationally, Arizonans were more likely to kill themselves in each year from 1985 to 1995.

Arizonans who ended their own lives in 1995 were 1.7 years older on average than Arizonans who died from suicide in 1994. In each year from 1985 to 1995, the suicide rate among elderly persons (65 years and older) was the highest among all age groups in Arizona. In 1995, the highest suicide rate was among Arizonans 25-44 years old.

Three of the age groups showed a worsening suicide mortality picture in Arizona between 1994 and 1995: 25-34, 35-44 and 65+. Suicide rates for persons 55-64 years of age declined for the third consecutive year. The 1995 rate of 19.8 suicides per 100,000 Arizonans 55-64 years old was in fact the lowest rate of the 1985-1995 period.

The proportion of suicides which occurred each month in 1995 varied from 6.1 to 10.4 percent.The highest proportions of suicides occurred in August, March and July, while the lowest monthly proportions occurred in December and October.



This report is generated by:
Christopher K. Mrela, Ph.D.
Assistant Registrar of Vital Statistics

Public Health Services
Office of Health Planning, Evaluation and Statistics
Arizona Center for Health Statistics

Phone: 602/542-7333; FAX: 602/542-1244


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