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Moving Forward: Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan, 2006-2011 

Figure 5
Suicide Rate by Year, Alaska and U.S., 2001 – 2009
(Age Adjusted Rate per 100,000)

Figure 5 

Source: AK DHSS, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics (9/8/10)
*2008 data is provisional and subject to change.
U.S. data is not yet available for 2008 and 2009

Alaska’s  suicide rate  has consistently remained among the highest rates in the nation and almost twice the national average. Between  2001 and 2009, the age-adjusted rate for suicides in Alaska increased 22 percent, from 16.5 to 20.2 deaths per 100,000.

The rate among Alaska Natives in 2008 was almost double the rate for Caucasians. Intentional self-harm or suicide remained the sixth leading cause of death in Alaska. Between 1999 and 2008, on average 36.1 years of life were lost prematurely for each suicide death. Firearms was the leading manner of suicide death. [AK Dept. of H&SS Div. Of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics 2008 Annual Report]