Suicide Fact Sheet

Suicide in Oregon
Bullying and Suicide Statistics
The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming
Suicide Statistics
Key Facts
Media Fact Sheet


 A. Oregon was the 27th largest state in 2015 yet it ranked 13th in number of suicides per 100,000 people. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Oregon 10-24 year olds and 10-14 year olds are the fastest growing segment. For Oregon 15-24, 25-34. and 35-44 year old males, suicide is the number one cause of death.

Curry County was the 26th largest county in Oregon in 2016, and it also ranked 13th in suicides per thousand. Combining 2011-14 data for 10-24 year-olds dying by suicide, we ranked 3rd. In 2017 we recorded 14 suicides for the year.

With the advent of Internet activities such as Facebook Live, Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' and the Blue Whale Challenge, I want to use every avenue available to give voice to community members, and more specifically, school administrators and teachers, parents and students, veterans, mental health professionals and the press, and use that voice to speak out about suicide, a 100% preventable mental illness.

We've got to get serious about suicide. It's got to get off the back-burner. In the state (Salem), in the County - high vets hi suicide, in Brookings-Harbor, in our county health care system, in our schools, churches, coffee shops, everywhere. WE HAVE TO START TALKING ABOUT IT publically and take it off the gossiip-train.

How contagion happens. When a suicide happens, the official position is keep it out of the newspapers, board meetings, etc., so that others who have been trigger by it and are trigger (at risk-in crisis) see what's happened - no body wans to help. The avenues shut down. Eyes turn away, etc.

This is the time that eyes focus on those in our community, all 4,000+ of them, get the help they need. Talking.

Michal Phelps, Jay Leno, list of others on web site, mental health issues, tell their story. (Stebbens - Mick, Scott?

Wishing you a most happy birth day and many many more to come.
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Suicide in Oregon

County Coos

Number of deaths, 2011-2023 73
Sucide Rate per 100,000 (2011-2023) 29.1

County Curry

Number of deaths, 2011-2023 37
Sucide Rate per 100,000 (2011-2023) 41.5

County Josephine

Number of deaths, 2011-2023 89
Sucide Rate per 100,000 (2011-2023) 26.8

County Douglas

Number of deaths, 2011-2023 119
Sucide Rate per 100,000 (2011-2023) 27.8


Suicide Statistics

1.Suicide remains among the leading causes of death of children under 14. In most cases, the young people die from hanging.

2.Suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. (The American Association of Suicidology, AAS)

3.A new review of studies from 13 countries found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied, and suicide. (Yale School of Medicine)

4.Suicide rates among children between the ages of 10 & 14 are very low, but are “creeping up.” (Ann Haas, Director of the Suicide Prevention Project at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

5.The suicide rate among young male adults in Massachusetts rose 28 percent in 2007. However, that does not reflect deaths among teenagers and students Carl’s age. (Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, in a report released April 8, 2009)

6.Since 2002, at least 15 schoolchildren ages 11 to 14 have committed suicide in Massachusetts. Three of them were Carl’s age. (“Constantly Bulled, He Ends His Life at Age 11,” by Milton J. Valencia. The Boston Globe, April 20, 2009)

7.Suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. (The American Association of Suicidology, AAS)

8.In 2005 (the last year nationwide stats were available), 270 children in the 10-14 age group killed themselves. (AAS)

9.1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.

10.56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

11.15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.

12.71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

13.1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.

14.282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.

15.Those in the lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in the higher grades. However, there is a lower rate of serious violent crimes in the elementary level than in the middle or high schools.

16.90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.

17.Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers.

18.Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings.

19.87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.”

20.86% of students said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.

21.61% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.

22.54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.

23.According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying.

24.Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents.

Bullying and Suicide Statistics

Bullied victims are 7 to 9 per cent more likely to consider suicide according to a study by Yale University. Studies in Britain have found half of the suicides among youth related to bullying. According to a study by ABC News over 30,000 children stay home every day due to the fear of being bullied. Bullying can be related to physical, emotional, cyber bullying, and sexting, i.e. circulating nude or suggestive pictures or messages about of a person.

The Urban Institute’s study on bullying showed 17 per cent of students reported being victims of cyber bullying, 41 per cent victims of physical bullying, and 15 per cent experienced different kinds. The types and rates of bullying varied according to gender in this study. About 50 per cent of girls experienced psychological bullying, and 45 per cent males physical bullying.

The Center For Disease Control reported that students that experience bullying are twice as likely to suffer from various problems. These include depression, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and trouble adjusting to school. They are twice as likely to get stomach-aches and headaches.

The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that in 2014 1 of 3 students reported being bullied during the school year. In the National Crime Victimization Survey of 2014 about 64.5 per cent reported incidents that occurred twice in the year. About 18.5 per cent reported incidents reported bullying twice a month, and 7.8 per cent reported bullying being bullied daily.

According to another study, by J. Anderson, Many students reported bullying that involved being made fun of and called names. Other methods of bullying were having rumours spread about them, threating the person with bodily harm, being pushed or shoved, and spit on. Others students had their belongings stolen or destroyed and were excluded from the groups on purpose. Bullying often produces depression, lowers self-esteem, and produces a mentality of helplessness in victims.

According to the Suicide Awareness Voices for Education, suicide is, among 15 to 24 years olds, one of the leading causes of death for youth. Over 16 per cent of students seriously consider suicide, 13 per cent create a plan, and 8 per cent have made a serious attempt.

About 80 per cent of youth that commits suicide have depressive symptoms. Peer victimizations and bullying causes higher rates of suicide among youth according to the JAMA Paediatrics. Cyber bullying leads to thoughts of suicide more than traditional bullying. Many students are bullied and engage in bullying behaviour.

Males commit suicide at nearly four times the rate of females, while females attempt suicide at three times the rate of males. In the United States, boys aged 10-14 commit suicide at twice the rate of girls their age. At ages 15-19, males commit suicide at five times the rate of same-age females. By ages 20-24, the ratio increases to six times. Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death among males in the U.S. and the 16th leading cause of death among females.

In terms of ethnicity, non-Hispanic whites and Native Americans have the highest rates of suicide in the United States, while non-Hispanic blacks, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics have the lowest. People in rural areas and western states have higher incidences of suicide than their counterparts in urban areas and eastern states. Worldwide, former Eastern bloc European nations have the highest rates of suicide and countries in South America have the lowest. These patterns reflect current trends and change over time.

The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
  • A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
  • 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
  • According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying


Key Facts

1. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

2. In 2018, 48,344 Americans died by suicide. In addition:

3. 1.4 million Americans attempted suicide, and

4. 10.6 million Americans thought seriously about ending their lives.

5. Lifetime medical and work-loss costs due to suicides and suicide attempts are estimated at almost $70 billion per year.

6. The rate of suicide in the United States rose by about 30 percent in the last two decades.

7. There are 1.5 times more gun suicides each year than gun homicides.

8. Having access to a firearm triples the risk of death by suicide.

9. Firearms were used in more than half of suicides in 2017

10. Men are 6.5 times more likely to die by firearm suicide than women.

11. Men represent 86% of suicides by firearm..

12. Over 80% of child firearm suicides involved a gun belonging to a family member.

13. For each 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership, the youth suicide rate increases by more than 25 percent.

14. About 85 percent of those who attempt suicide with a firearm die compared to only about five percent without a firearm.

15. The firearm suicide rate is almost 10 times higher in the United States than in other highincome countries.

16. Americans living in rural areas are almost 75 percent more likely to die by firearm suicide than those in urban areas.

17. White men are more than seven times as likely to die by firearm suicide as gun homicide.

18. The firearm suicide death rate for older men in rural areas is more than 20 times the rate for older women in metropolitan areas

Media Fact Sheet - Suicide

Highest ever - US, Oregon, Oregon 10-24 year olds, Oregon firearms, Oregon assisted suicides, and Curry County.

In Oregon, suicide is the leading cause of death for 15-24, 25-34, 35-44, AND 45-54 year olds

Curry County is the 26th largest county of 36 yet ranks number one in per capita suicide. We're 30% higher than the next closest county.


Lack of adequate behavioral health services

48% of people who were seen in a hospital following a suicide attempt thought of suicide for fewer than 10 minutes before making the attempt.

90 percent of those who fail in a suicide attempt do not end up dying by suicide. With guns, though, less than 10% get a second chance.


Over 50% of suicides are by firearm. 87% of male suicides and 34% of female suicides.

82 percent of teen suicides with a firearm use a family member's firearm.

National Shooting Sports Foundation

Individual citizens need to step up

Learn risk factors and warning signs and what to do and not do.

Keep in touch with people you care about. Face-to-face contact is the best, for coffee, a chat, a meal, an event or activity, etc.

Talk openly about the issue and your lived experience with it. Normalize suicide as something that impacts virtually everyone on some level in their lifetime.

Carry an R U OK? card available at 163 locations in Curry and Del Norte Counties: Brookings 59, Crescent City/Smith River 42, Gold Beach 36, Port Orford/Langlois 22.

Take the QPR on-line training. Worth an hour and 30 bucks to save the life of a friend, neighbor, colleague, family member - especially youth.

Watch for the Finding Hope magazine which will appear in local newspapers in Curry, Coos and Del Norte Counties this week. It may be hidden in with the other inserts.

If you miss it in the newspaper see the on-line version at

Read the magazine, learn the signs, ask the question "R U OK?" and let's save lives.

Just starting that conversation could save a life.