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Healthy People 2010 - With Annotations

Chapter 18

Mental Health Status Improvement

18-1. Reduce the suicide rate.

Target: 6.0 suicide deaths per 100,000 population.

Baseline: 10.8 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 1998 (preliminary data; age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population).

Target setting method: Better than the best.

Data source: National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), CDC, NCHS.

Total Population, 1997* Suicide
Rate per 100,000
TOTAL 11.4
Race and ethnicity  
American Indian or Alaska Native 12.4
Asian or Pacific Islander 7.0
  Asian DSU
  Native Hawaiian - Pacific Islander DSU
Black or African American 6.3
White 12.3
Hispanic or Latino 6.4
Not Hispanic or Latino 11.9
  Black or African American 6.5
  White 12.8
Female 4.4
Male 19.4
Education level
(aged 25 to 64 years)
Less than high school 18.4
High school graduate 18.9
At least some college 10.2

DNA = Data have not been analyzed. DNC = Data are not collected. DSU = Data are statistically unreliable.

Note: Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

*New data for population groups will be added when available.

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Last modified: 10-Mar-2000.