- Total number of suicides: 458 compared to 431 in 2016.
- Suicide rate (per 100,000 population): 13.8 compared to 13.1 in 2016.
- Emergency department discharges due to self-inflicted injury: 3,098 in 2016 (most recent year available) compared to 3,248 in 2015—a drop of 5 percent.
- The percentage of crisis calls, as opposed to calls about other mental health issues, to the County’s Access and Crisis Line: 31.4 in 2017 vs. 25.7 in 2016. The line gets about 90,000 calls each year.
- Visits to It’s Up to Us, the County’s suicide prevention website: 265,771 in 2017 vs. 246,273 in 2016—an 8 percent increase.
- Number of students who seriously considered suicide: 14.5 percent in 2016 vs 17.5 in 2014 (data gathered every other year).
- People who participated in suicide prevention trainings conducted by the Suicide Prevention Council: 3,627 in 2017 vs. 1,937 in 2016—an 87 percent increase.
SAN DIEGO–After three years of holding steady, the number and rate of people who killed themselves in San Diego County went up in 2017. According to the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council’s 2018 Report to the Community released today, there were 458 deaths by suicide last year, 27 more than in 2016. “Suicide continues to be a serious concern in our region,” said Dr. Michael Krelstein, clinical director of Behavioral Health Services for the County Health and Human Services Agency. “We must do all we can to prevent people from taking their lives and it starts by knowing the warning signs of suicide.” The annual report provides a comprehensive look at suicide in the region and brings together data from multiple sources for the years 2013 through 2017. Among the suicide report’s findings: