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Oregon Youth Suicide Facts

Suicide Ideation

  • 14.6% of 8th graders and 12.5% of 11th graders responding to the 2003 Oregon Healthy Teen Survey reported seriously considering suicide in the past 12 months.


  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Oregon youth aged 10-24.
  • There are approximately 60 or more suicides among Oregon youth each year.
  • 85% of suicide deaths are among males.
  • Firearms were used in 67% of suicides in youth ages 10-24.

Suicide Attempts

  • 876 youth under the age of 18 were treated in Oregon's hospital emergency departments for a suicide attempt in 2002.
  • 75% of suicide attempts were among females.
Youth Suicide Death and Attempt Rates by Age-Group, Oregon, 1999-2002.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for youth suicide risk include: prior suicide attempt, history of depression, substance abuse, family history of suicide, incarceration, firearm access, and homelessness.

Source:  State of Oregon, Department of Health and Human Services