Maine Suicide Prevention Program

Education, Resources and Support - It's Up to All of Us.

Suicidal behavior is complex and frightening. The impact of a suicide is devastating to family, friends, and entire communities. The frequency of suicide in Maine is cause for concern - there is one suicide every two days on average

From 2010-2012, there were 630 deaths by suicide in the Maine population, an average of 210 suicides per year (source: US CDC WISQARS). Suicide was the second leading cause of death among Maine people ages 15-34 and the fourth leading cause of death among Maine people ages 35-54. More Maine people ages 10 and older die from suicide than homicide. For every homicide there were approximately seven suicides. (source: US CDC WISQARS)

From 2010-2012, there were 75 suicide deaths among youth under age 24. More male youth (66) died by suicide than female youth (9). Of every eight youth suicides, seven were male. (source: US CDC WISQARS)

In Maine, firearms were used in 51% of suicide deaths, while suffocation (including hanging/strangulation accounted for 23%, and poisoning accounted for 19%,  of all suicides, ages 10 and older. (source: Maine Data, Research and Vital Statistics)

Suicide prevention is up to all of us.

Save the Date
Friday, May 6, 2016
Annual Beyond the Basics of Suicide Prevention
Cross Insurance Center – Bangor, Maine