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Child and teen suicide, detailed in Maine

Child and teen suicide, detailed

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Why This Indicator Matters

Nationally, the suicide rate for teens was on the rise during the pandemic.  
Youth Suicide Rates in the US Increased during the COVIF-19 Pandemic The rate of young men ages 15-24 increased 8% and increased, but less for girls in that age group.
Characteristics of Suicide in the United States, 2021

In Maine, the most recent 5-year average annual child and teen suicide rate for age 10 -19 was 8.3 per 100,000 in 2017-2021 compared to 7.6 per 100,000 for 2012-2016.  At the county level, Penobscot and  York had nine suicides of youth ages 10 -19 between 2017-2021. By rate, Washington, Oxford and Hancock had the highest rates, above 14 per 100,000 youth.
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Definition and Source



This indicator shows the rate per 100,000 of deaths by suicide for youth ages 10 -19. It is based on 5-year averages where 2021 represents data for 2017-2021 averaged and 2020 represents data for the years 2016-2020 and so forth.  If you or anyone you know are struggling with thoughts of suicide, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.


Rate is based on small number of cases and should be interpreted with caution. Data has been suppressed to preserve confidentiality. Maine CDC revised their rules to suppress both numbers and rates for sub-state level such as counties when the number is less than 6.

Uploaded March 2023.

Last Updated

March 2023