By Scott Orr | The Daily Courier
Originally Published: September 2, 2017 6:03 a.m.
Yavapai County’s suicide rate has been trending upward since 2010, and — by one statistical measurement, suicides per 100,000 people — the county leads the entire state.
In 2016, Yavapai County had 69 suicides, according to the Medical Examiner’s office.
That may seem bad enough, but what concerns experts is the trend: in 2010, Yavapai County had 23 self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 population, but by 2015, the number had climbed to 32.8 per 100,000.
That’s higher than any other county; the next-closest is Mohave County at 30.3.
The figures add up to what the just-released 2017 Yavapai County Community Health report calls an “alarming health trend.”
It’s a death rate almost twice the rate for Arizona overall.