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To view resources for survivors and to locate a survivor support group in your area, visit If you have lost someone to suicide, you are not alone. It is estimated that for every suicide there are six survivors.

Data, Statistics, and Reports

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Self-Directed Violence Surveillance
To address the current lack of uniform definitions on self-directed violence (SDV), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control released the Self-Directed Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements (Version 1.0) This document is intended for use by individuals and organizations interested in gathering surveillance data on SDV and to help promote and improve the consistency of this data. It provides uniform definitions for SDV as well as 35 recommended data elements when collecting information on SDV.

Suicide Prevention Program County Level Data Profiles

The Suicide Prevention Program presents county level suicide and self injury data in a user-friendly format. Currently, 2007, 2008, 2009 data is provided. Please direct any questions to

California Department of Public Health Office of Health Information & Research (OHIR)

California Department of Public Health - Office of Health Information and Research (OHIR) produces a variety of reports and data tables on the health and well-being of Californians. These include:

County Health Status Profiles:  This annual report presents data about causes of mortality in California and its counties and includes a section on suicide data.

California Department of Public Health EPICenter
The California Department of Public Health recently launched their upgraded data website, EpiCenter.  Users can create custom tables on suicides, as well as self-inflicted injuries treated in hospitals and emergency departments.  Both numbers and rates are available, for dozens of combinations of age, sex, race/ethnicity, county, method, and other factors.  For deaths and hospitalizations, users can develop trends going back over 15 years. 

California Violent Death Reporting System

From 2005 through 2008, California was one of 17 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), funded by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Under NVDRS, the California Department of Public Health contracted with county health departments to collect data on violent deaths from four data sources – death certificates, coroner/medical examiner records, police reports, and crime laboratory records. During its four years of data collection, the California Department of Public Health compiled detailed information on circumstances of more than 10,000 violent deaths, including homicides and suicides in the counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Shasta Counties. The CDC released a Surveillance Summary in the March 20, 2009 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report:  Surveillance for Violent Deaths – National Violent Death Reporting System, 16 States, 2006.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WISQARS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of national and state level injury-related data.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Center for Health Statistics

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics FastStats Homepage provides national statistical information and other data source links which may help guide actions and policies to improve knowledge about suicide and self-inflected injury.

California Health Interview Survey

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) is a population-based random-digit dialing telephone survey of households in California. It has been implemented since 2001 in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles, the Department of Health Care Services and the California Department of Public Health. In 2009, the CHIS Adult questionnaire asked one question regarding suicidal ideation. Find out more about CHIS’ survey results on suicidal ideation using AskCHIS, a user-friendly query system.

Department of Defense Suicide Event Report

The Department of Defense (DoD) Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) standardizes suicide surveillance efforts across the Services (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy) to support the DoD's suicide prevention mission. The DoDSER is used for a variety of suicide behaviors including suicides, suicide attempts, and some other suicide related behaviors (e.g., deliberate self-harm or some cases in which only suicidal ideation is documented).  Each Service conducts a professional review of records and conducts interviews where appropriate.

California Crisis Calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Data Reports

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) - is a national network of over 150 accredited crisis center hotlines in the country, which includes nine accredited crisis center hotlines located across California. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Lifeline is a free, 24-hour hotline service available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. All calls are routed to the caller's nearest crisis center and are answered by a trained crisis counselor. In addition, the Lifeline also operates a 24-hour crisis hotline specifically for Veterans and for Spanish-speakers.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides the Suicide Prevention Program with bi-annual reports on the number of California-based calls to the Lifeline. There are three types of reports:

California Call Volume by County: This report will provide county-based call volume to the general Lifeline, the Lifeline's Veterans option, and the Lifeline's Spanish option.

California Call Volume per Crisis Center: This report will provide information regarding the number of California-based Lifeline calls to each of California's nine crisis center hotlines who are members of the Lifeline. It may also include information on two out-of-state crisis hotlines that receive California-based Lifeline overflow calls (Lifeline calls that cannot be answered within California).

California Calls per Month: This report will summarize the number of California-based calls to the Lifeline by month over the course of a full year.

For further questions regarding the data, please contact the Lifeline staff member whose contact information is listed at the bottom of each data report.

January 1st – June 30th, 2011: California Lifeline Call Volume Semiannual Report

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