Suicide is the leading cause of injury death in Connecticut. The suicide rate for the state is highest for persons 45 to 54 years of age and lowest for the age group 15 to 19 years. According to the 2011 Connecticut School Health Survey, 1 in 7 students in grades 9 through 12 said they seriously considered attempting suicide during the previous 12 months. However, the proportion of students in grades 9 through 12 who reported that they attempted suicide one or more times in the past year dropped from 12.1% in 2005 to 6.7% in 2011.
Data from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner show that in Connecticut, from 2007 to 2012, there were about 1,988 deaths due to suicide. From 2007 to 2013 there were 9,576 hospital in-patient discharges; 8,767 were suicides by prescription drug overdose. Evidence suggests that suicide and self-inflicted injury are closely linked to depression and other mental health issues. The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) supports the general principles outlined in the Connecticut Suicide Prevention Plan 2020 that promote awareness of suicide and reduce factors that increase the risks.
Listed below are some of the DPH strategic areas of focus:
Increasing the ability to recognize and respond to individuals at risk;
Increasing help-seeking behavior of individuals and gatekeepers;
Providing and disseminating accurate and comprehensive de-identified, aggregate suicide data through the Connecticut Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS);
Developing and following crisis management procedures;
Restricting access to potentially lethal means (prescription drugs);
Develop life skills that enhance protective factors; and
Promoting social networks
Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB)