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Youth Who Attempted Suicide in the Past Year by County, Grades 9-12, New Mexico, 2019

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Why Is This Important?

In NM in 2019, suicide was the leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 12 and 18. In the U.S. in 2019, according to the CDC, suicide was the second leading cause of death for this same age group. While girls are more likely than boys to attempt suicide, boys are more likely to die of suicide. A previous suicide attempt is among the strongest risk factors for completed suicide.

Youth Who Attempted Suicide in the Past Year by County, Grades 9-12, New Mexico, 2019

In 2017, the counties with the highest prevalence of suicide attempts were McKinley (18.3%), Rio Arriba (17.9%) and Cibola (16.5%). The counties with the lowest prevalence of suicide attempts were Catron (0.0%) and Curry (2.6%).
  • **The estimate has been suppressed because the number of events and population size are small and not appropriate for publication, or it could be used to calculate the number in a cell that has been suppressed.

Definition

Percentage of students grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported attempting suicide at least one time, in the past 12 months. The NM Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is administered in odd years and is part of the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), which is coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each state, territorial, tribal, and large urban school district participating in YRBS employs a two-stage, cluster sample design to produce a representative sample of students in grades 9-12 in its jurisdiction. In the first sampling stage, in all except a few sites, schools are selected with probability proportional to school enrollment size. In the second sampling stage, intact classes of a required subject or intact classes during a required period (e.g., second period) are selected randomly. All students in sampled classes are eligible to participate. A weight is applied to each student record to adjust for student nonresponse and the distribution of students by grade, sex, and race/ethnicity in each jurisdiction.

Data Notes

(**) Data suppressed due to small numbers. (#) Values are unstable. (##) Values are very unstable.

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of students who answered, "1 time", "2 or 3 times", "4 or 5 times", or "6 or more times", to the question, "During the past 12 months, how many times did you actually attempt suicide?"
  • Denominator:

    Total number of respondents who answered the question, "During the past 12 months, how many times did you actually attempt suicide?"

Health Topic Pages Related to: Mental Health - Youth Attempted Suicide

Indicator Data Last Updated On 03/05/2021, Published on 03/28/2022
Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, Survey Section, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health and Coordinated School Health & Wellness Bureau, NM Public Education Department. Contact NMDOH, 1190 S. Saint Francis Drive, P.O. Box 26110, Santa Fe, NM, 87502. Telephone: (505) 476-1779.