Outcome: Good Mental Health

Indicator: Suicide Attempt

Significance of this indicator:

The CDC defines a suicide attempt as a non-fatal self-directed potentially injurious behavior with any intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt may or may not result in injury. For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. The top three methods of suicide used by young people include firearm (45%), suffocation (40%), and poisoning (8%). Deaths from youth suicide are only part of the problem as more young people survive suicide attempts than actually die. 

According to the Teen Suicide.US, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that as many as 25 suicides are attempted for each one that is completed. Teen suicide attempts are calls for help. Prevention efforts should be directed to individuals who have attempted suicide to prevent a completed attempt.

How we are doing on this indicator:

2009-2012
The proportion of middle and high school students in Pueblo City Schools who made a suicide attempt needing treatment by a health professional in the past 12 months dropped by almost half for middle school students and 31 percent for high school students. However, in 2011 (the most current data for all of Colorado), the rate of attempts by Pueblo City Schools' high school students was still more than double the statewide rate (4.8 percent for Pueblo v. 2.2 percent for Colorado).

2013 - Please note that the data for Pueblo is now reported for all of Pueblo County, not just Pueblo City Schools.   This question was not included on the middle school 2013 survey.

The 2013 high school numbers for Colorado as a whole and Pueblo County remain consistent with the 2012 numbers, even though Pueblo is reported as a whole in 2013 and was reported as only Pueblo County schools in 2013.

This question was not included on the middle school survey in 2013.

What the Data Tell Us

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Definition: Percent of students who made a suicide attempt during the past 12 months that resulted in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse.

Data Source: Healthy Kids Colorado Survey: Colorado Department of Education and Pueblo City Schools.

Data Considerations: Colorado administers the survey every two years in the fall. When Colorado began collecting data from middle school students in 2011, the survey for all of Colorado did not include this question.