Any death is tragic. Violent deaths are even more so. And while it may be impossible to eliminate all violent deaths in our society, we believe it’s possible to prevent more of them by understanding the causes and working to address them. Statistics can tell us a lot, and we’ve highlighted some of the most telling data on violent deaths and suicide in Ohio here and provided links that will take you to more in-depth sources.
You’ll note that most of the data is several years old, since that’s typically the time it takes for these stats to be finalized and published. New, more-current data will become available directly from these sources each year.
- According to the Ohio Violent Death Reporting System (OH-VDRS), 2,483 Ohio residents suffered violent deaths in 2015. That was an increase of nearly 12 percent over the previous year.
- The most common manner of violent death was suicide (65 percent), followed by homicide (26 percent). (Violent deaths are characterized as deaths due to homicide, suicide, legal intervention, undetermined intent, unintentional firearm, and terrorist attacks.)
- There were 1,605 Ohio deaths by suicide in 2015. That’s 13.5 deaths by suicide per 100,000 residents. The U.S. rate was 13.3 per 100,000.
- In 2015, the age-adjusted suicide rate for males (22.0 per 100,000) was 4 times the rate for females (5.5 per 100,000), and the age-adjusted rate for whites (14.9 per 100,000) was more than twice the rate for African Americans (7.0 per 100,000). The age-adjusted suicide rate in 2015 for Hispanics (4.9 per 100,000) was lower than for whites and African Americans.
- The majority of Ohio suicide deaths occurred in adult men (roughly 78% of all Ohio deaths by suicide).
- The highest Ohio suicide rate occurs in older adult men. Men 75 years of age and older have a suicide rate of 41.7 deaths per 100,000.
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in youth and young adults (10-24). On average, 187 young people die by suicide every year in Ohio.
- Among the counties with adequate data in 2015, the highest age-adjusted rates of suicide occurred in Guernsey (27.4 per 100,000) and Champaign (27.1) counties, while the lowest rates occurred in Clermont (7.9) and Delaware (7.4) counties. (Counties with less than 10 deaths due to suicide in a given year are not assigned suicide rates for that year.)
- According to Volume 4 of the Ohio Behavioral Health Barometer, an annual report released by SAMHSA that highlights trends in state-level adult and youth mental health, more than 1,757,900 Ohio adults were living with a mental illness in 2015. Unfortunately, only 47% of them (roughly 828,000) received any mental health services.
In the same report, 4.6% of Ohio adults (408,000 residents) had had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.