General Indiana suicide prevention
Suicide is a major issue in Indiana, and general suicide prevention in the state is a priority.
Hope is that the number of Hoosier deaths by suicide and suicide attempts will decrease to zero thanks to more advocacy efforts and awareness.
Anyone who is experiencing suicidal or other self-destructive thoughts should know they are not alone and know how to get help in his or her community.
Deaths by suicide are the second-leading cause of death for Hoosiers between the ages of 15 and 34, and the 10th leading cause overall in the United States. Just how common is a death by suicide in our state? Almost five times the number of Hoosiers died by suicide than were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017.
That alone would signal a crisis, but suicide is more than the number of deaths. Studies put the number of non-fatal suicide behaviors at 40 times the number of actual deaths by suicide. That means the number of Hoosiers who experience non-fatal suicide behaviors are likely more than 40,000.
Suicide affects young Hoosiers at an alarmingly high rate. In 2016, the Indiana Youth Institute reported that more than one in five Hoosier middle and high school students self-reported that they have experienced recent suicide ideations.
Indiana has identified suicide as a major issue facing people of all ages. In 2017, the General Assembly passed Enrolled Act 1430, which allowed the Division of Mental Health and Addiction to strengthen programs and increase important awareness around the state. One of its missions is to decrease youth suicide in our state.
While no true value can be put on a life cut short by suicide, it literally is a billion dollar issue in Indiana. The combined lifetime medical and work costs of suicide is $1,023,791,000 for the state of Indiana for just one year.