What are we measuring?
Suicide refers to death from self-inflicted harm. The figures presented on this page are derived the CDC's Underlying Cause of Death data which contain county-level national mortality and population data spanning the years 1999-2015. Data are based on death certificates for U.S. residents.
Why are we measuring it?
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. today. On average, 117 people in the U.S. die each day by suicide. Ninety percent of people who die by suicide suffer from depression or another mental illness at the time of their deaths, but other factors such as stressful life events can also lead to suicide or attempted suicide. Suicides can be prevented through the recognition of risk factors and the seeking of proven treatments such as medication and certain psychotherapies.
How are we doing?
The suicide rate for Fulton County in 2017 was 11.7 deaths per 100,000 residents, below the U.S. average of 13.4 and the Georgia rate of 13.3. Fulton's suicide rate was also below the rates of five of its national benchmark counties. The rate has been on a very slight upward trend since 2000 but has not increased as much as the national rate over that time period.