We want the trend of suicide deaths in Vermont to decrease.
This is a Vermont Department of Health Healthy Vermonters 2020 objective and county level data is available.
Author: Vermont Department of Mental Health
Suicide is a major public health challenge, but it is often preventable. In 2020, suicide was the 9th leading cause of death for all Vermonters. Over the past two decades, trends in death by suicide have increased in Vermont and the United States. In recent years, more than 100 Vermonters have died by suicide each year. Vermont's rates of suicide, calculated as the number of deaths by suicide per 100,000 people, are higher than the national average. These rates in Vermont appear to follow national patterns in terms of age and gender breakdowns with more men dying by suicide than women. Firearms are the method used for a majority of these deaths. Identity groups most vulnerable to death by suicide include:
Individuals who identify as male.
Individuals who identify or are perceived as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.
Individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI+).
Adults with a disability.
Veterans who have served in the armed forces.
Adults (typically 65+ years old) who experience social isolation.
Previous research has noted that approximately two-thirds of people who died by suicide had a reported history of mental health treatment. Suicide is not only a mental health issue, it is a community issue. It touches every socioeconomic status, race, identity, and community. Everyone can help.
The Vermont Agency of Human Services, as well as the Departments of Health and Mental Health, are collaborating with community partners to reduce these rates.
Suicide is a major public health challenge, but it is often preventable. If you or someone you know needs help, please call or text the 9-8-8 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Additionally, more resources can be found on the Department of Mental Health website.
Updated in September 2022