Oregon Health Authority releases a new monthly suicide related surveillance update
On Tuesday, the Public Health Department of the Oregon Health Authority released a new monthly suicide surveillance update for Jan. 2021, which included updated numbers for 2020.
The data in the report comes from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) suicide death data, emergency department and urgent care center suicide-related visits, Oregon Poison Center (OPC) suicide-related calls and Lines for Life call data.
The report found that suicide deaths in 2020 totaled 820 compared to 910 in 2019, though they specified that the mortality data is still being processed and numbers for recent months are subject to change.
The percentage of suicide-related visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers in Jan. 2021 are similar to the final quarter of 2020. In 2020, the total visits for all health concerns were 1,943,274 compared to 2,119,495 in 2019.
Suicide-related visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers for youths in 2020 was 5,261 compared to 6,037 in 2019.
The number of suicide-related calls to OPC in Jan. 2021 are similar to the final quarter of 2020. And in 2020, totaled 4,712 compared to 4,832 in 2019.
Lines for Life Oregon has seen calls increase annually since 2016, and the increased number of calls in 2020 aligns with this trend. They have not identified any increases beyond the variation expected.