Working to End Suicide in Arizona

According to officials at the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 800,000 people die by suicide annually; many more make an attempt. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally in 2012. It is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world and accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 15th leading cause of death in 2012.

In Arizona suicide is a primary public health concern that touches urban and rural communities, people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Among children ages 10-14 in Arizona, suicide is the leading cause of death;
  • On average, a suicide occurs every seven hours in Arizona;
  • Arizona ranks 12th in the nation for deaths by suicide; and
  • 1,310 Arizonans died by suicide in 2016—the youngest was nine years old.
  • Among American Indians or Alaskan Natives the median age of death by suicide is 27 years old (compared to age 51 among Caucasians).

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Governor Doug Ducey has issued a proclamation declaring September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Arizona. encouraging citizens to take part in addressing suicide in our communities.

Suicide is not just a behavioral health concern. Suicide may be linked to depression and other mental illnesses, but the majority of those who have a behavioral health illness do not commit suicide

During September, AHCCCS encourages our communities to help build awareness about suicide prevention and crisis services.

Suicide is preventable if we learn to recognize the warning signs and know where to turn for help. If you know someone in crisis, refer them to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]), Arizona’s Teen Lifeline (800-248-8336 [TEEN]), or county-specific crisis hotlines.

Know the Suicide Warning Signs

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An End to Suicide in Arizona

As a member of the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition, AHCCCS collaborates with state agencies, organizations, health care plans, lawmakers and other partners to create a community-based plan to end suicide in our state.

Read "An End to Suicide in Arizona: 2018 State Plan"