Mental Health: Suicide

Deaths of despair (deaths due to alcohol, drugs and suicide)1 have been on the rise among adults. This topic explores suicide rates among Massachusetts residents by race/ethnicity and age.

Additional Information and Footnotes

Hispanic is used to reflect current data collection practices. We acknowledge this may not be the preferred term. Throughout this report, NH refers to Non-Hispanic. People of color refers to individuals identifying as Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Other. Unless otherwise noted, adults are ages 18+. Data are most recently available for the specified data source.

Well Being Trust. (2020). · Pain in the Nation. Retrieved from:

2 Scutchfield, F. D. & Keck, C.W. (2017) Deaths of Despair: Why? What to Do? American Journal of Public Health, 107, 1564-1565. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303992

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