The rate of suicide in the United States increased each year between 2013 and 2017 (Figure 1). In 2017, a total of 47,173 suicides were recorded in the United States. The suicide rates throughout this report are calculated per 100,000.
Due to a lack of data, there are no suicide rates for the LGBTQ+ Community. However, existing data show a higher prevalence of suicide attempts among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Transgender people report higher prevalence of suicide attempts than lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual people. The results from the latest Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data indicated that 18.2% of sexual minority respondents experienced a major depressive episode in the past year compared to 6.2% of sexual majority respondents (Figure 2).
The most recent Ohio Violent Death Reporting System annual report indicates that 17% of Ohio’s suicide deaths were by active duty service members or veterans in 2015 (Figure 4).
As shown in Figure 5, the most recent Ohio Violent Death Reporting System annual report indicates that of deaths by suicide; 28% of victims tested positive for alcohol, 18% tested positive for opiates, and 14% tested positive for marijuana in 2015.