Status: Little or no detectable change

  
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Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
146.6 emergency department visits for nonfatal intentional self-harm injuries per 100,000 population (2020) *

Target:
144.7 per 100,000  *

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

Baseline:
151.3 emergency department visits for nonfatal intentional self-harm injuries per 100,000 population aged 10 years and over occurred in 2017  *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Reduce emergency department visits for nonfatal intentional self-harm injuries

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance

Summary

Every year in the United States, many people are treated in the emergency department because they hurt themselves on purpose — and the rate of intentional self-harm is increasing. In addition, self-harm injuries are a key risk factor for suicide. Promoting connectedness, teaching coping and problem-solving skills, and strengthening economic supports and access to suicide care are examples of strategies that can help prevent injuries from intentional self-harm.