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Mental Health - Adult Suicide Attempts

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In 2016, the NM prevalence of those adults who made a suicide attempt in the past year was 0.9%. Since 2011, the NM prevalence has remained stable.
The prevalence of past year suicide attempts was generally lower for older adults compared to those of younger ages.
The prevalence of past year suicide attempt was not meaningfully different across race/ethnicity.
The prevalence of past year suicide attempt was similar across sex and race/ethnicity.
The prevalence of respondents who reported a past year suicide attempt did not differ meaningfully among those who identified as straight compared with those who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

Adult Suicide Attempts by County, New Mexico, 2016

Adult Suicide Attempts by Health Region, New Mexico, 2016

Adult Suicide Attempts by Urban and Rural Counties, New Mexico, 2016

Why Is This Important?

Suicide rates in NM have been at least twice the national rate since at least 1995. Due to the disproportionate rate of suicide occurring in New Mexico for decades and the rising rate of suicide nationwide, understanding the prevalence of risk factors for suicide and the disparities in the New Mexico population is critical for prevention planning. Prior suicide attempts have been shown to be the strongest risk factor for suicide, and more than half of suicide attempts occur within one year of the onset of suicide ideation. Based on this knowledge of suicidal behavior, the World Health Organization and the United States Office of the Surgeon General have recommended routine surveillance for suicidal behavior such as attempts and ideation. In doing so, suicide prevention plans can be targeted specifically at communities with high risk and evaluated more thoroughly.


Percentage of NM residents 18 years or older who attempted suicide, defined as answering "Yes" to the question, "In the past year, have you attempted suicide?"

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:The number of survey respondents who reported attempting suicide in the past year.
Denominator:Total number of survey respondents except those with missing, "Don"t Know/Not sure," and "Refused" responses.

How Are We Doing?

In 2011, 0.7% of NM adults reported that they had attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

What Is Being Done?

The New Mexico Department of Health collects, analyzes, and disseminates suicide death data in order to identify populations with disproportionately high rates of suicide. These data can be used in conjunction with community partners to develop and implement prevention and intervention efforts to reduce suicide deaths. The NMDOH Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics collects information on all NM deaths and produces annual suicide statistics. The NM Violent Death Reporting System was implemented in 2005 to add to the understanding of how and why violent deaths occur. This active surveillance system collects comprehensive information about all violent deaths, including suicide, by linking data from death certificates, medical examiner records, and law enforcement reports into one complete record. In addition, the NM Child Fatality Review Program Suicide Panel completes an in-depth case review of suicides among children through age 17 years and makes recommendations about how to prevent future deaths.

Evidence-based Practices

For reviews of evidence-based practices, please see: *US Preventive Services Task Force: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Community Guide: *Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices:

Other Objectives

Mental Health Report Indicator

Available Services

If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening position, please call 911 To talk to a counselor or ask questions about treatment 24/7, call the New Mexico Crisis Line: 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474)[[br]] If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call one of the following hotlines to talk to someone: *New Mexico Crisis Line: 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474) *National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ( 1-800-273-TALK (8255). En Espaol: 1-888-628-9495 *Teen to Teen Peer Counseling Hotline: 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454) *Native Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-877-209-1266 *Veterans Peer Support Line: 1-877-Vet2Vet (1-800-877-838-2838) *University of New Mexico Agora Crisis Line ( 505-277-3013 or 1-866-HELP-1-NM *New Mexico State University Crisis Assistance Listening Line or The CALL: 1-575-646-CALL (2255) or 1-866-314-6841 *Graduate Student Hotline: 1-800-GRADHLP (1-800-472-3457) *Postpartum Depression Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS (1-800-773-6667) *Trans Lifeline: 1/877-565-8860 If you would like to seek treatment, please contact: *OptumHealth NM ( for a listing of behavioral health treatment services statewide at 1-866-660-7185 *SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline: 1‑800-662-HELP (4357), also online at *The SKY Center ( 1-505-473-6191 *Search Providers in Bernalillo County: *New Mexico Social Service Resource Directory ( 1-800-432-2080 *SHARE New Mexico Resource Directory: *United Way Central New Mexico Referral Service ( 505-245-1735 Resources for veterans and their families: For contact information for your local New Mexico Core Service Agency, please visit:[1].pdf To join a support group organized by Optum Health, please register at: If you would like to be involved in community suicide prevention, please contact one of the following groups: *New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project ( 505-820-1066 *New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition ( 505-401-9382 *Southern New Mexico Suicide Prevention and Suicide Support Coalition:

More Resources

-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Suicide Prevention Facts and Resources: -Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Suicide Prevention Facts and Resources: -SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center: -World Health Organization Suicide Prevention Facts and Resources: -National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: -Suicide Prevention Resource Center:

Health Program Information

The BRFSS is an ongoing survey of adults regarding their health related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Data are collected in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods for landline and cellular phones (landline only from 1986 through 2010; landline and cellular since 2011). NM Department of Health, Mental Health Epidemiologist: [to be announced] NM Department of Health, Suicide Prevention Coordinator: Karen Dugas, MPH, 505-827-5146,

Indicator Data Last Updated On 03/28/2018, Published on 04/09/2018
Mental Health Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 S. Saint Francis Drive, Room N1320, P.O. Box 26110, Santa Fe, NM, 87502. Contact: telephone at (575) 652-0749 or email to