Wisconsin Suicide Statistics
Deaths in Wisconsin
Note: Other 2011 Deaths
Breast Cancer: 796
Prostate Cancer: 622
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Suicide is Preventable
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Suicide was the tenth most common cause of death in Wisconsin.
Among those ages 18-40 years, suicide was the second most common cause of death, following unintentional injuries.
Six children less than 14 years of age died by suicide.
The majority of suicides occurred in the working age population, those age 18-64 years.
Each suicide death was estimated to affect the life of six other people. This means nearly 4,000 Wisconsin residents were affected by a loved one’s suicide.
There were 5,277 hospitalizations and 4,143 emergency department visits due to self-harm. Many who make suicide attempts never seek professional care immediately after the attempt.
These hospitalizations and emergency department visits resulted in over $64 million dollars in hospital charges.
Forty-five percent of suicides were by firearm.
Sources: Wisconsin Death Report 2008, Wisconsin Health Department; Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH): Violent Death, Mortality, Injury-related Hospitalizations, and Injury-related Emergency Department Visits modules. Please visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wish/