New Mexico

  • Suicides make up 67% of all firearm deaths in New Mexico.
  • More than half of all suicides in New Mexico are by firearm.
  • In 2018, there were 281 firearm suicide deaths in New Mexico, including 15 children and teens (ages 0-19).
  • New Mexico’s firearm suicide rate is higher than most states’ — in 2018, New Mexico had the 6th highest firearm suicide rate in the country.

Data

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.

Firearm Deaths in New Mexico
2009-2018

Number of deaths

Suicide
Homicide
Other

The “other” category is defined as any firearm death that is not defined by the CDC as a homicide or a suicide. This could include unintentional, undetermined, and legal intervention. To obtain the number of deaths in the “other” category, the total number of firearm suicide deaths and firearm homicide deaths were subtracted from the overall firearm deaths in a given year.

Firearm Suicide Rates in New Mexico and the United States
2009-2018

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

New Mexico
United States

Firearm Suicide Rates by County
2009-2018

Age-Adjusted Firearm Suicide Rate per 100,000

  • 5.44 to 9.24
  • 9.25 to 13.05
  • 13.06 to 16.86
  • 16.87 to 20.74
  • Suppressed /
    Unreliable

The CDC suppresses data in which fewer than 10 deaths are reported in a given time frame and considers firearm suicide rates based on fewer than 20 deaths “statistically unreliable.” Counties that meet this criteria are labeled “Suppressed/Unreliable.”

 

Demographics

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.

Firearm Suicide Deaths in New Mexico by Sex
2014-2018

Male
Female

Firearm Suicide Rates in New Mexico by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity
2014-2018

Age-adjusted rate per 100,000

Male
Female

The CDC considers firearm suicide rates based on fewer than 20 deaths “statistically unreliable” and suppresses firearm suicide rates based on fewer than 10 deaths. Fewer than 20 firearm suicides were reported during this time period for the following races and Hispanic Origin category and therefore are omitted from the above chart: American Indian/ Alaska Native females, Asian/ Pacific Islander females and males, and Black females and males.

Notes:

  • 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.

 

This page was last updated on March 16, 2020.