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Suicide Statistics in L.A. County: 2019

Written by Evolve's Behavioral Health Content Team​:

Alyson Orcena, LMFT, Melissa Vallas, MD, Shikha Verma, MD, Ellen Bloch, LCSW, Lianne Tendler, LMFT, Megan Johnston, LMFT
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Suicides are on the rise in LA county.

Last year, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) released the 2019 Suicide Prevention Report to the Community.

The following statistics come from that report, as well as the California School Climate, Health and Learning surveys (CalSCHLS):

  • An average of two L.A. County residents dies by suicide every day. This rate is higher than the rates of drug overdose, car accident fatalities, and murder.
  • Suicides increased from 2012-2017.
  • In 2017 alone, there were 891 L.A. County suicides.
  • Of close to 900 suicides in 2017, 27 of them were of adolescents and teens.
    • This all-time high for L.A. County was nearly double the number of suicides in 2016.
  • In 2018, Los Angeles County residents contacted the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Teen Line a total of 102,312 times.

In California:

Help for Teens

If you or your teen is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255. This hotline is open 24/7 and is fully confidential. In cases of emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. If you are searching for a residential treatment center for your suicidal teen, read this to know what questions you should be asking the admissions representatives of the residential facility.

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