Reduce the suicide rate — MHMD‑01

This objective is a Leading Health Indicator (LHI). Learn about LHIs.

Status: Improving


Most Recent Data:
14.1 suicides per 100,000 population (2021) *

12.8 per 100,000  *

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

14.2 suicides per 100,000 population occurred in 2018 *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Reduce the suicide rate

Target-Setting Method
Percent improvement


Suicide is one of the leading causes of death nationwide, particularly among young people. In addition, suicide rates have increased in almost every state over the last 2 decades. Interventions to address behaviors that increase the risk of suicide, like drug and alcohol misuse, may help reduce the suicide rate nationwide.