Suicide Prevention Program

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Suicide in Minnesota

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15- to 34-year-olds; the third leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year-olds; and the fourth leading cause of death for 35- to 54-year-olds.
  • Approximately three times the number of Minnesotans dies from suicide than from homicide (approximately 500 deaths per year).
  • Males comprise approximately 83 percent of all suicide deaths.
  • The suicide rate for American Indian males is approximately two times higher than that of any other racial or ethnic group.
  • In 2000, persons aged 35-44 years in Minnesota had the highest suicide rate of all age groups, at 13.1 per 100,000 people, with the exception of people aged 85 years and older (rate of 14.0 per 100,000).


In 2000, at the request of the Minnesota Legislature (Ch. 245, Art. 1, Sec. 3), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) issued a report on suicide in Minnesota, including a state suicide prevention plan.

In 2001, the Minnesota Legislature provided MDH with $1.1 million annually to begin implementation of the state plan (Ch. 9, Art. 1, Sec. 45). The primary focus of this funding is grants for community-based programs to implement evidence-based suicide prevention strategies targeting high-risk populations.

Suicide prevention grants

Through a competitive process, 14 grants were awarded by MDH to:

  • provide education, outreach and advocacy services to populations who may be at risk for suicide;
  • educate family members, spiritual leaders, coaches, employers, school staff, students and others on how to prevent suicide by encouraging interventions and help-seeking; and
  • educate populations at risk for suicide on the symptoms of depression and other psychiatric illnesses, the warning signs of suicide, skills for preventing suicides, and making or seeking referrals to mental health care.

Geographic Distribution of MDH
Suicide Prevention Grants

Distribution of grants


MDH supports and coordinates grant activities and the implementation of the state plan, collects and analyzes suicide and grant outcome data, and provides training and technical assistance to community health service agencies and their partners.

Updated Tuesday, 16-Nov-2010 12:27:55 CST