Trends in Adult Suicide Rates in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 2002 through 2020
Background: Monitoring suicide rates is an important public health strategy to inform prevention efforts. We describe rates of adult suicide in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, over a 19-year period.
Methods: Data on all adult suicides from 2002 through 2020 (n = 981) were obtained from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. Subpopulation rates were identified using the Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health System.
Results: Suicide rates increased significantly over the study period, with disproportionate increases among Black and Latinx residents.
Discussion: Expanded prevention efforts are needed to reverse this concerning trend. Further research should guide development of culturally relevant interventions, provide data for the equitable allocation of limited resources.
suicide, Wisconsin, epidemiology
Schramm AT, Kant J, Tomas CW, Holliman AR, Khan H, Kendrick VT, Cronn S, deRoon-Cassini TA, Kohlbeck SA. Trends in Adult Suicide Rates in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 2002 through 2020. WMJ. 2023; 122(4).