With more than 2100 suicides occurring from 2002 through 2014, and with an average annual rate of 13 suicides per 100,000 residents, Allegheny County’s suicide rate is higher than the national average. Suicide disproportionately affects white men, and 35- through 54-year-olds have the highest suicide rate in the County. Firearms and asphyxiation are the most common methods of suicide among men, while drugs and/or poisoning are most common among women. Ten percent of the people who died from suicide from 2007 through 2014 had received publicly funded mental health services within 30 days of the suicide.
Research and analysis: Catherine Jensen, Erin Dalton, Eric Hulsey and Ellen Kitzerow