Suicide-Related Data Plan
Minnesota continues to see its age-adjusted suicide rate increase. According to the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, in 2013 (the most recent complete data year) a total of 683 Minnesotans died of suicide – making it the ninth leading cause of death. The state’s age-adjusted rate of suicide has gradually risen from a low of 8.9 per 100,000 in 2000 (n=440) to 12.2 per 100,000 in 2013 (n=683). In 2013, the U.S. rate was 12.6.
Death by suicide is not experienced equally across age groups, genders, geography and culture in Minnesota. For example, in 2009-2013, Minnesota’s American Indian youth aged 10-24 had a suicide rate of 28.0 per 100,000 (n=30) – more than three times the rate among White youth and four times the rate among Asian/Pacific Islander youth.
State agencies, grantees and stakeholder efforts recognize the need to collect and interpret data with the awareness that some communities and populations bear a disproportionate burden with regards to suicide and non-fatal self-directed violence (SDV).
In 2015, the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Task Force developed the MN State Suicide Prevention Plan. One of a number of key components of the Plan was the development of goals and objectives that focused on the data systems that help identify the scope of the suicide problem, identify high-risk groups, set priority prevention activities, and monitor the effects of suicide prevention programs.
This legislative report offers a detailed plan regarding the following MN State Suicide Prevention Plan objectives:
Improve the timeliness, usefulness and quality of suicide-related data to help explain the scope of the problem, identify high-risk groups and set priority prevention activities.
Improve and expand the state, tribal and local public health capacity to routinely collect, analyze, report and use suicide-related data to help develop effective prevention efforts, especially at the local level.
Increase the number and quality of surveys and other data collection instruments that include questions on protective factors against suicidal behaviors (also referred to as self-directed violence or SDV), risk factors and exposures to suicide to help better understand community suicide prevention needs and plan effective prevention and support services.
Monitor how the suicide prevention plan is being implemented in the state and local communities.
For more information on the report or information about Suicide Prevention at the Department of Health, contact Amy Lopez at Amy.Lopez@state.mn.us.