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Suicide: Data Sources

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CDC Data Sources

  • National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP)
    NEISS-AIP provides nationally representative data about all types and causes of nonfatal injuries treated in United States hospital emergency departments. CDC uses NEISS-AIP data to generate national estimates of nonfatal injuries, including those related to self-harm.
  • National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)
    NAMCS collects data on the utilization and provision of ambulatory care services in hospital emergency and outpatient departments.
  • National Inpatient Sample (NIS)
    The NIS is a database of hospital inpatient stays used to identify, track, and analyze national trends in health care utilization, access, charges, quality, and outcomes including injuries from suicide attempts.
  • National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)
    CDC funds the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to gather, share, and link state-level data on violent deaths. NVDRS provides CDC and states with a more complete understanding of violent deaths. This enables policy makers and community leaders to make informed decisions about violence prevention programs, including those that address suicide.
  • The National Vital Statistics System
    The National Vital Statistics System is the oldest and most successful example of inter-governmental data sharing. This system includes nationwide data on deaths due to all causes, including suicide.
  • Web-based Injury Statistics Query And Reporting System (WISQARS)
    CDC’s interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
    CDC’s YRBSS monitors health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems, including suicide attempts and related behaviors, among 9th through 12th grade students in the United States.

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Other Federal Data Sources

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Non-Federal Data Sources

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Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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