Florida Suicides (1) - General Trends

General trends from 2016 to 2017

Florida Suicides (1) - General Trends

General trends from 2016 to 2017

This blogpost graphs the trends of suicides in Florida from 2006 to 2017, exploring the differences in age, sex, and race among persons 10 years and older.

Click HERE to view report in its native environment of the suicide-prevention-2019 repository.


The initial extract of the data was obtained from www.flhealthcharts.com, a reporting tool for population counts estimated by the Florida Department of Health. The dataset contains suicide mortality counts and population estimates for years 2006-2017, broken down by suicide means, county, sex, age group, and race. The .csv of this dataset is available for download. For details regarding data preparation, please consult the suicide-prevention-2019 repository.

Q1 - What is the overall trajectory of suicides in FL between 2006 and 2017?

Similar to national trends, the rates of suicide in Florida has been on the rise since 2006. In 2006, the Department of Health registered 2,402 suicides, while in 2017 this number reached 3,141. On average, each year the total number of suicides in Florida increased by 57 during this time. While the rising number of suicides events could be partially explained by demographic growth (see full report for details ), when adjusted for population size the rate per 100,000 still indicated that suicides became more prevalent: the rate increased from 15 in 2006 to 17.2 per 100,000 in 2017, averaging .15 in annual growth.

Q2 - How does change in suicide rates differ by AGE group?

Only two age groups, 35-44 and 45-54 exhibited decline in suicide rates, witnessed by a negative slope coefficient in the liniear model, regressing the rate on year. However, examination of the raw data point behind the linear model suggests that negative slope might be coincidental to an overal steady treajectory.

For all other age groups, the rates of suicides increased. The highest increase in suicide rates per 100,000 is observed in the 85+ group, for which the rate rose by .64 annualy from 21.3 suicides per 100,000 in 2006 to 25.3 in 2017.


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