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NVDRS Special Report - Deaths from Suicide: A Look at 18 States


Deaths from Suicide: A Look at 18 States

This special report focuses on suicide using 2013 and 2014 data from 18 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The report provides an overview of deaths from violence in the U.S., a detailed look at suicide nationally (see infographic) and among states — including circumstances surrounding suicide deaths in various demographic groups — and an exploration of similarities and differences in violent deaths among the 18 states.


The NVDRS is the only national state-based surveillance reporting system that compiles data from multiple sources on all deaths from violence – including homicides, suicides, legal interventions, and deaths from acts of terrorism. NVDRS data can provide a clearer understanding of violent deaths, such as those from suicide, and help guide prevention efforts at state and national levels.


The 18 states included in this report completed NVDRS data collection for 2013 and 2014 and submitted these data to CDC for compilation in the annual NVDRS Restricted Access Database (RAD), a de-identified, multi-state, case-level micro dataset prepared by the CDC for use by researchers and other investigators. These states are Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


This report is the third in a series of NVDRS data publications. The first report, published in 2008, covered the overall picture of violence using 2004-2005 data collected from 17 NVDRS reporting states. The second report, published in 2014, covered 2009-2010 data from 18 NVDRS reporting states with a special emphasis on intimate partner violence.


Funded by the CDC, NVDRS data collection began in 2003 with just six states. Since then, additional appropriations have increased NVDRS participation to 40 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The goal is to expand NVDRS participation to all 50 states and U.S. territories.

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Check out the infographic below for a quick look at suicide among the 18 NVDRS states included in this report.



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