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Mental Health - Emergency Department Admissions for Self Injury

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The rate of Emergency Department admissions for self-injury increased significantly from 2013 to 2014 (158.7/100,000 population to 174.9/100,000, respectively).
Females had significantly higher rates of emergency department admissions for self injury than males over all age groups except for those under 1 year of age and those 65 years and older. For both sexes, rates were highest for those between 15 and 24 years of age and then decreased with age.

Emergency Department Admissions for Self Injury by County, New Mexico, 2010-2014

Emergency Department Admissions for Self Injury by Health Region, New Mexico, 2010-2014

Emergency Department Admissions for Self Injury by Urban and Rural Counties, New Mexico, 2010-2014

Why Is This Important?

In New Mexico, suicidal behaviors are a serious public health problem and a major cause of morbidity and mortality. In 2014, suicide was the eighth leading cause of all death in New Mexico, and the second leading cause of death among youth and adults 15-44 years (NCHS). From 2010 to 2014, suicide accounted for an average of 12,712 Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) per year in NM among those under 65 years of age. NM ranks fifth of 51 for suicide deaths, and has ranked among the top 10 since 1997.


Emergency department (ED) visits for intentional self injury include primary diagnoses of ICD-9 codes E950-E959. The ED dataset is derived from data provided by individual non-federal EDs in NM. Data are available for 2010 through 2014. Only NM residents are included in this report. The denominator is the NM population estimate generated by the University of New Mexico GPS Program.

Data Source

Emergency Department (ED) dataset, Health Systems Epidemiology Program, New Mexico Department of Health

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:The total number of visits by New Mexico residents to EDs for intentional self injury.
Denominator:The estimated mid-year population.

How Are We Doing?

The age-adjusted rate of suicide attempts resulting in emergency room visits has remained relatively stable from 2010 to 2014. From 2010 to 2013, there were 163 visits to the emergency room following self injury for every 100,000 New Mexico residents.

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: -Healthy People Objective: 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

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 02/02/2017, Published on 02/03/2017
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