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Injury and Violence Prevention Branch

Suicide and Self-Inflicted Injury Data

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking one’s life. Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have long-lasting effects on individuals, families, and communities. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth in North Carolina ages 10 to 18, and the third leading cause of death for those ages 19 to 34. Suicide deaths are only part of the problem. More people survive suicide attempts than those who die, and they are often seriously injured and need medical care. However, suicides are preventable, and 90% of people who attempt a suicide and survive do not go on to die by suicide. Suicides can be prevented by recognizing signs and symptoms, learning how to help, and taking steps to provide that help to people of all ages and abilities in need. If you or someone you know If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Suicide Prevention Materials

NC DETECT Self-Inflicted Injury Surveillance Reports - Updated quarterly

Self-Inflicted Injury ED Visits


North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS) Suicide Data

NC-VDRS is a surveillance system that provides detailed information on deaths resulting from violence. These data can improve understanding around the causes and circumstances of violent deaths, including suicide.

NC-VDRS Data Dashboard

  • NC-VDRS Data Dashboard to query and visualize data on overall violent deaths, homicides, suicides, and firearm-related deaths.

NC-VDRS Annual Reports

NC-VDRS Suicide Fact Sheets

Overall Suicide


Older Adult Suicide


Veteran Suicide

Youth Suicide Fact Sheets


Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data

NC Healthy Schools YRBS Data: Visit the NC DPI Healthy Schools YRBS Data website for all available data and reports from the NC YRBS.

High School

Middle School

For older fact sheets, please contact a member of the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch.