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Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile for Mental Health - Youth Seriously Considered Suicide

Problem Statement

Suicide is a complex behavior with no single determining cause. Seriously considering suicide is a form of suicidal ideation. Suicidal ideation refers to thoughts of suicide or wanting to take one's own life. Suicidal ideation is a risk factor for suicide attempts as well as completed suicide.
The prevalence of those who have seriously considered suicide has remained relatively stable over the past decade among both New Mexican and U.S. youth.


Chart 1. Youth Who Seriously Considered Suicide in the Past Year, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2003-2017

Youth Who Seriously Considered Suicide in the Past Year, Grades 9-12 by Year, New Mexico and U.S., 2003-2017

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confidence limits

Data Notes

The NM Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is administered in odd years and is part of the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), coordinated and designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each state, territorial, tribal, and large urban school district participating in YRBS employs a two-stage, cluster sample design to produce a representative sample of students in grades 9-12 in its jurisdiction. In the first sampling stage, in all except a few sites, schools are selected with probability proportional to school enrollment size. In the second sampling stage, intact classes of a required subject or intact classes during a required period (e.g., second period) are selected randomly. All students in sampled classes are eligible to participate. A weight is applied to each student record to adjust for student nonresponse and the distribution of students by grade, sex, and race/ethnicity in each jurisdiction.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

Table 1. Youth Who Seriously Considered Suicide in the Past Year, Grades 9-12 by Grade, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2015

Percentage Considered Suicide
Sex and Race/Ethnicity9th10th11th12thAll Grades
Male, American Indian11.28.916.56.311.1
Male, Asian/Pacific Islander********16.8
Male, Black********12.4
Male, Hispanic9.310.213.714.511.5
Male, White8.410.114.512.911.3
Male, All Races9.610.214.41311.6
Female, American Indian23.332.126.914.224.3
Female, Asian/Pacific Islander********11.2
Female, Black********16
Female, Hispanic22.919.919.516.119.9
Female, White27.226.814.630.424.9
Female, All Races23.822.718.919.321.4
Both Sexes, American Indian17.121.121.610.517.8
Both Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander********14.4
Both Sexes, Black14.2******13.8
Both Sexes, Hispanic15.915.216.715.415.8
Both Sexes, White17.517.414.82117.7
Both Sexes, All Races16.516.416.716.316.5


Data Notes

The NM Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is administered in odd years and is part of the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), coordinated and designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each state, territorial, tribal, and large urban school district participating in YRBS employs a two-stage, cluster sample design to produce a representative sample of students in grades 9-12 in its jurisdiction. In the first sampling stage, in all except a few sites, schools are selected with probability proportional to school enrollment size. In the second sampling stage, intact classes of a required subject or intact classes during a required period (e.g., second period) are selected randomly. All students in sampled classes are eligible to participate. A weight is applied to each student record to adjust for student nonresponse and the distribution of students by grade, sex, and race/ethnicity in each jurisdiction.   (**) Data suppressed due to small numbers (#) Values unstable

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

Problem Statement

The prevalence of high school girls who seriously considered suicide was significantly higher than that for boys in all grades except 11th. The prevalence of White girls in the 12th grade who seriously considered suicide was nearly double (27.6%) that of 12th grade Hispanic girls (14.8%).
In 2017, the counties with the highest prevalence of youth seriously considering suicide were Roosevelt (29.7%), McKinley (24.8%) and Eddy (23.9%). The counties with the lowest prevalence were Mora (8.0%), Catron (10.8%) and Curry (11.8%).

Table 2. Youth Who Seriously Considered Suicide in the Past Year, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017

Percentage Considered Suicide
County
Bernalillo18.5
Catron10.8
Chaves15.2
Cibola23.3
Colfax19.5
Curry11.8
De Baca**
Dona Ana14.3
Eddy23.9
Grant19.3
Guadalupe16.9
Harding**
Hidalgo16.4
Lea15.6
Lincoln18.8
Los Alamos21.2
Luna16.7
McKinley24.8
Mora8
Otero23.4
Quay18.5
Rio Arriba21
Roosevelt29.7
Sandoval18.8
San Juan18.4
San Miguel18.9
Santa Fe17.3
Sierra23.4
Socorro19.7
Taos20.9
Torrance19.2
Union19.4
Valencia17
New Mexico17.8


Data Notes

The NM Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is administered in odd years and is part of the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), coordinated and designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each state, territorial, tribal, and large urban school district participating in YRBS employs a two-stage, cluster sample design to produce a representative sample of students in grades 9-12 in its jurisdiction. In the first sampling stage, in all except a few sites, schools are selected with probability proportional to school enrollment size. In the second sampling stage, intact classes of a required subject or intact classes during a required period (e.g., second period) are selected randomly. All students in sampled classes are eligible to participate. A weight is applied to each student record to adjust for student nonresponse and the distribution of students by grade, sex, and race/ethnicity in each jurisdiction.   (**) Data suppressed due to small numbers (#) Values are unstable

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

Chart 2. Youth Who Seriously Considered Suicide in the Past Year, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017



Youth Who Seriously Considered Suicide in the Past Year, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2017

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confidence limits

Data Notes

The NM Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is administered in odd years and is part of the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), coordinated and designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each state, territorial, tribal, and large urban school district participating in YRBS employs a two-stage, cluster sample design to produce a representative sample of students in grades 9-12 in its jurisdiction. In the first sampling stage, in all except a few sites, schools are selected with probability proportional to school enrollment size. In the second sampling stage, intact classes of a required subject or intact classes during a required period (e.g., second period) are selected randomly. All students in sampled classes are eligible to participate. A weight is applied to each student record to adjust for student nonresponse and the distribution of students by grade, sex, and race/ethnicity in each jurisdiction.   (**) Data suppressed due to small numbers (#) Values are unstable

Data Source

New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.

Chart 3. Youth Who Seriously Considered Suicide in the Past Year, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2015

Youth Who Seriously Considered Suicide in the Past Year, Grades 9-12 by County, New Mexico, 2015

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Data Notes

The NM Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is administered in odd years and is part of the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), coordinated and designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each state, territorial, tribal, and large urban school district participating in YRBS employs a two-stage, cluster sample design to produce a representative sample of students in grades 9-12 in its jurisdiction. In the first sampling stage, in all except a few sites, schools are selected with probability proportional to school enrollment size. In the second sampling stage, intact classes of a required subject or intact classes during a required period (e.g., second period) are selected randomly. All students in sampled classes are eligible to participate. A weight is applied to each student record to adjust for student nonresponse and the distribution of students by grade, sex, and race/ethnicity in each jurisdiction.
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