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Accessing, using, and sharing data on suicide attempts and deaths is a key component of the ND HOPES initiative. There are various data sources and online tools that anyone can use to learn more about suicide-specific data both nationally and in North Dakota. Keep in mind that there is a reporting lag of two years for suicides and suicide attempts and, if you are looking for data in rural areas, you may need to look at multiple years of data to see trends due to the small numbers.


See below to access various resources, systems, tools, and databases.

AFSP North Dakota fact sheet

Includes data from 2021 on suicide attempts and deaths in North Dakota. 

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Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The YRBS is a survey distributed every other year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to a representative sample of high school students grades 9-12. Users can search the data that is housed in the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System for information on youth risk behaviors and conditions, substance use behaviors, and student experiences.  There are also multiple suicide-related measures such as feelings of sadness and hopelessness, thoughts about suicide, suicide plans (in some states), reported suicide attempts, and suicide attempts that require medical attention. Users can filter results by state, municipality, grade, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

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Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)

WISQARS is a database run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that allows users to access data on suicides, drug overdoses, and other deaths. Users can view data at state, national, and urban/rural levels, with multiple filters that can be applied. WISQARS also provides various reports, tables, maps, and data visualizations.  

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Wide-ranging ONline Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER)

WONDER is another database from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that is similar to WISQARS but can also provide county specific data and data related to all forms of mortality, not just injuries.

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North Dakota Govenor's Challenge Data Dashboard

The Governor’s Challenge is a partnership among the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the State of North Dakota to bring together community leaders and state agencies to prevent suicide among Service Member, Veterans, and their families (SMVF). Priority focus areas include identifying SMVFs and screening for suicide risk, promoting connectedness and care transitions, and promoting lethal means safety and safety planning. North Dakota developed initiatives using evidence-based methods within the priority areas. This dashboard tracks forward progress on a number of those initiatives and is updated as data is available. 

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