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Suicide and Self-Inflicted Injury Data

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking one’s life. Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have long-lasting effects on individuals, families, and communities. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth in North Carolina ages 10 to 18, and the third leading cause of death for those ages 19 to 34. Suicide deaths are only part of the problem. More people survive suicide attempts than those who die, and they are often seriously injured and need medical care. However, suicides are preventable, and 90% of people who attempt a suicide and survive do not go on to die by suicide. Suicides can be prevented by recognizing signs and symptoms, learning how to help, and taking steps to provide that help to people of all ages and abilities in need.

After viewing this page, if you find yourself needing more information on self-inflicted injuries in North Carolina, please review the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch data request policies and procedures for steps on how to make a custom data request.

If you or someone you know are thinking about suicide, call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988
or chat

Suicide Prevention Materials

NC DETECT Emergency Department Visit Data on Suicide-Related Outcomes

Suicidal Ideation in North Carolina

Suicide among School-Aged Youth

08/09/2023: Suicidal Ideation in North Carolina

North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS) Suicide Data

NC-VDRS is a surveillance system that provides detailed information on deaths resulting from violence, including suicide. These data can improve understanding around the causes and circumstances of violent deaths, including suicide.

NC-VDRS Data Dashboard

Overall Suicide
NC-VDRS Data Dashboard to query and visualize data on overall violent deaths, homicides, suicides, and firearm-related deaths.

NC-VDRS Suicide Fact Sheets

Rural and Urban Suicide

2020 Rural and Urban Suicide Fact Sheet
Updated! 7/26/2023: 2020 Rural and Urban Suicide Fact Sheet

Suicide and Self-Inflicted Injury Among School Aged Youth (10-18)

Suicide among School-Aged Youth

Suicide among School-Aged Youth Updated 9/09/2022

Click here for more NC-VDRS data on suicide and other violent deaths in North Carolina.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data

NC Healthy Schools YRBS Data: Visit the NC DPI Healthy Schools YRBS Data website for all available data and reports from the NC YRBS.

For older fact sheets, please contact a member of the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch.