Facts & Stats
South Dakota Data
The latest data available from the American Association of Suicidology reports that there were 173 suicide deaths in South Dakota in 2015. This places South Dakota seventh in the U.S. for suicide deaths. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults in South Dakota. South Dakota Suicide Data from the South Dakota Department of Health lists the leading causes of death in South Dakota for the past five years. In 2015, suicide was listed as the 9th leading cause of death.
Access the full report from the Department of Health’s South Dakota Vital Statistics Report.
The YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) is a questionnaire that assesses priority health-risk behaviors among youth across the United States. A random sample of approximately 1,800 South Dakota students in grades 9-12 completes the survey every two years. All public, private, and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools in South Dakota containing any students in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 are eligible to be selected to participate in the survey. This information can be used to determine risk level as well as assisting in the development of resources and planning successful interventions to positively impact the behavior of South Dakota youth. South Dakota YRBS Data
The latest data available from the American Association of Suicidology reports 44,965 suicide deaths in the U.S. in 2016. Suicide remains the tenth leading cause of death overall in the U.S. and is the second leading cause of death for youth in the U.S.
South Dakota Department of Health released a report that describes South Dakota’s suicide status and historic suicide trends and compares the state to national rates. SD Suicide Surveillance January 2017
National Suicide Statistics
The American Association of Suicidology makes available a summary of national suicide statistics as soon as they become available from the National Center for Health Statistics.
- 2016 Data, Rates, Numbers and Ranking of each State
- 2016 Male/Female Statistics
- 2016 Age-Specific Statistics
- 2016 Regional Statistics
Fact Sheets Based on the Latest National Statistics
- African Americans and Suicide
- American Indian and Alaska Natives
- Caucasian Suicide
- Depression and Suicide
- Hispanic Suicide
- Suicide and the Elderly
- Suicide in the U.S.
- Surviving after Suicide
- Youth Suicidal Behavior
- LGB Youth and Suicide
- The Risk Factors for Suicide
- Childhood Sexual Abuse and Suicide
- College Students and Suicide
- Inmates and Suicide
- Nocturnal Sleep Disturbances: Risk Factors for Suicide
- Suicide by Cop
- Traumatic Brain Injury
*These Resources were produced by the American Association of Suicidology and can be photocopied and distributed as long as they are unaltered and properly attributed.
South Dakota Strategy for Suicide Prevention
The updated South Dakota Strategy for Suicide Prevention, released in September 2013, was developed as a way of implementing the goals/objectives from the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention in South Dakota. This effort has laid the groundwork for suicide prevention efforts in South Dakota communities. The South Dakota Strategy for Suicide Prevention was designed as a catalyst and starting point for suicide prevention efforts in the state. An update was released in September 2012 to reflect advancements in the field of suicide prevention over the past decade and again in 2013 to reflect progress made in South Dakota.