The firearm suicide rate in New Mexico increased 39% over the last decade (2009-2018) and in 2018, the firearm suicide rate was 12.64 deaths per 100,000 people – the highest it had been since 1992. In 2018, the firearm suicide rate in New Meixco was 1.8 times the United States’ rate.
The majority of suicide decedents are males. In New Mexico, White (non Latino) males in particular are disproportionately impacted by firearm suicide. Hispanic/Latino males have the second highest firearm suicide rate in the state.
- The most recently available CDC data is 2018; as such, 2018 data is used where appropriate.
- Unless otherwise specified, statistics reflect 5-year averages (2014-2018).
- All rates listed are age-adjusted in order to allow for accurate comparisons between populations with differing age distributions.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Suicide Deaths and Rates per 100,000. WONDER Online Database, 1999-2018. Available: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.