Hot on the Heels of Robin Williams' Death, Orange County Releases Suicide Data

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The death of Robin Williams has brought much attention to suicide.

Whether by coincidence or opportunity to strike while the Robin Williams news cycle is hot, the Orange County Health Care Agency released a suicide report Thursday.

Covering the years 2009 through 2011, the report finds:

* There were 835 suicides in Orange County for a rate of nine per 100,000 people. That's down slightly from the state rate of 9.9 and the national rate of 12 per 100,000.

* Thirteen Orange County cities exceeded the county rate.

* The highest rate of suicides was in Laguna Beach, where there were 21.1 per 100,000 population. The actual number of people was 17, and the majority died by drug overdose.

* The lowest rate of suicide over the same three year period was in Villa Park. That's because there weren't any.

* Next highest after Laguna Beach was a tie between Dana Point and Newport Beach, where the rate was 13.5 per 100,000 population and the actual number of people were 15 and 40 respectively.

* The largest number of people in an Orange County city who committed suicide from 2009-2011 was the 72 in Anaheim, but the population there made the rate 7.5 per 100,000 population.

* Of those who committed suicide in Orange County over the three years, 75 percent were men. The highest rate of men were 75 or older.

* Most men opt for violent deaths while most women choose drug overdose or poison. The highest number of self-inflicted deaths were by men ages 45-54.

* The highest rate of suicides was among non-Hispanic whites (15.4 per 100,000 population), followed by blacks (8.8), Asian/Pacific Islanders (6.4) and Latinos (3.1).

* The suicide rate among military veterans is three times higher than civilians. Vets make up 15 percent or Orange County suicides.

* Guns were used in 33.2 percent of suicides, followed by hanging or strangulation (33.1) and poisoning or drug overdose (22.5).

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!



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Matthew Acosta
Matthew Acosta

The suicide rate among military veterans is three times higher than civilians. Vets make up 15 percent or Orange County suicides. This is an issue within the framework of suicide.

Keith Burks
Keith Burks

OCHCA does a great job with public awareness campaigns. Working with their team for a few years now. Looking forward to one more this year for earth911.com. This is the first one regarding suicide rates that I have seen so thanks OC weekly for posting. I have known several people since I was a kid that took their lives. Friends & 2 dads of close friends. Prevention education is helpful and can save lives.

Kelly Hughes Davis
Kelly Hughes Davis

Laguna is no surprise. I bet gay-friendly cities have higher suicide rates. With all the Rick Warrens and Greg Lauries telling the world you're an intentional sinner, who wouldn't be more suicidal than people from Villa Park...

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

Any correlation between suicide rate and community? It almost seems like there's a slight correlation between wealthy neighborhoods and suicide but it isn't too strong and there are outliers.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

"Of those who committed suicide in Orange County over the three years, 75 percent were men. The highest rate of men were 75 or older."


If a person gets to a point in his/her life when they can no longer wipe their own ass, they should be able to Jack  Kevorkian out of here without it being considered a conventional suicide.  


When I reach that point, I hope to still have the physical and mental ability to do so.

r.garcia89
r.garcia89

latinos kill each other lol #dabsnotwabs

BoppingBetty
BoppingBetty

DEPRESSION; is not a phase, it is not something u can just wake out of as u would from a deep sleep.... It is a huge darkness that follows u day in & day out. Some are fortunate to have the courage to ask for help while others are lucky enough to have those around them notice the struggle & aid before it's too late... It is real, it is like a never ending nightmare you cannot avoid by waking up. Like having your foot in quicksand & slowly sinking in while everyone else watches & avoids the danger you are experiencing... Depression unfortunately is becoming more & more common in this difficult & hateful world we live in. Society seems to outcast the DEPRESSED & categorize them as weak & exaggerating individuals, too sentimental or perhaps crazy & are the ones we at times avoid in order to not deal with the issues & problems they carry. As small as the problem might seem to a person like u & I, to them it's something that at times the only way out of is unfortunately, ENDING... Ending everything in order to find the peace they so much crave, the candlelight that their darkness hopes for, the door that windowless room needs... In the mind of a depressed individual a half full glass of water is a drowning hazard, a hazard that to us doesn't pose any harm but to them is like trying to swim in with your arms tied behind your back, it gets tiring to try and stay afloat..... I myself AM A SURVIVOR OF THIS HORRIFIC DISEASE, I CAN TRULY SAY THE TRIP WASNT AN EASY ONE OUT BUT IT WAS A BRIEF ONE I WAS BLESSED, BRAVE & STRONG ENOUGH TO SURPASS IT!! Unfortunately not everyone has the same faith, let's help those that are calling out for help in silence..... You never know what their next step might end up being.... This is the reason why I'm soo helpful, why I'm soo carrying and thoughtful, why I befriend people around me and enjoy every second of my life! IM EXTREMELY SENTIMENTAL & CARRYING because I as given the gift to HELP! Thank you GOD! Please help me by sharing this & passing it along! #depression #not_a_joke #truth #depressed #solutions #life #wonders #happiness #dream #nightmare #end #not_the_end #help #hotline #confidential #sickness #survival #survivor #way_out

Janina Uhmm
Janina Uhmm

Whatever it takes to bring awareness..

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

"Most men opt for violent deaths while most women choose drug overdose or poison."

Gentlemen, don't be so hard on yourselves. :-(

"The suicide rate among military veterans is three times higher than civilians. Vets make up 15 percent or Orange County suicides." 

We can do more to support our veterans!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Rather odd, but a nice lady down the block downed 90 Xanax then drowned herself.  A bit overboard, but certainly effective. 

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

This is good, but if most of the suicides are White, affluent men who are age 75+, of course the "military veteran" suicide rate is going to be higher.  They had something called the draft (as well as Korea, and WWII) back in the last century.


20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle  The problem is we men folk don't like to rely on others; so, the challenge is getting to them first before the issue reaches its conclusion.  Something quite difficult to accomplish.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@20ftjesus @fishwithoutbicycle 

That's sad to think about. I can appreciate wanting to be self-reliant but sometimes even the most independent person needs help from others. It's a shame so many are too proud to ask for it. :-(

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