More Massachusetts residents committed suicide in 2013 than died as a result of car crashes and homicides combined, according to lowellsun.com. However, the state has one of the lowest suicide rates in the country, according to the latest data from the Department of Public Health.
The 585 suicides in Massachusetts during 2013 was slightly lower than the previous year, but higher than in almost every year since 2003, at least. The state began using a sophisticated system to collect suicide data in 2003. The total of 585 put the state at a rate of 8.7 suicides for every 100,000 people, a rate that has increased by an average of 3.6 percent each year since 2003, according to a report by the Department of Public Health, which was ordered by legislators and filed last week.
“Similar to what has been happening in the whole of the U.S., the rate has been going up and the number has been going up,” said Alan Holmlund, director of the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program.
New data released by the Department of Public Health shows there were over 40,000 suicides in the U.S. in 2013, making it the tenth leading cause of death for all ages, according to channel wwlp.com.
The great majority of suicide victims in 2013 were male (76 percent) and 57 percent of suicides were among people ages 35 to 64.