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NVDRS Special Report - Deaths from Suicide
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NVDRS Special Report - Deaths from Suicide among U.S. Veterans and Armed Forces in 16 States


NEW! Deaths from Suicide among U.S. Veterans and Armed Forces in 16 States

This special report focuses on suicide deaths among veterans and armed forces members using 2010 – 2014 data from 16 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The report draws comparisons between veteran/armed forces and non-veteran civilian suicide deaths. The report and its companion pieces include:

  • Key findings from all 16 states — including circumstances of veteran/armed forces suicide deaths in various demographic groups.
  • An infographic highlighting these findings among all 16 states.
  • 16 states profiles (scroll down) with an infographic approach to provide a detailed picture of these suicide deaths in each state, as well as allow for comparisons of state-level similarities and differences in the numbers, characteristics and circumstances of veteran/armed forces suicide deaths. 
    Each state profile is saved as a separate PDF and can be accessed below.
  • One-page Report Overview highlighting key findings, methods and analysis considerations – a helpful piece for a state to include in the dissemination of its state profile.

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, and legal intervention deaths. The NVDRS collects veteran/military status data from death certificates, which includes both veterans and persons actively serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. 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 16 states included in this report completed NVDRS data collection for 2010 –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, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


This report is the fourth 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. The third report, published in 2017, covered 2013-2014 data from 18 NVDRS reporting states with a special emphasis on suicide deaths.


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, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The goal is to expand NVDRS participation to all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Download the full report

Check out the infographic below for a quick look at suicide among the 16 NVDRS states included in this report.




  State Profiles




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