4.09 Depression and Suicide

This page includes data that provide multiple perspectives on depression and suicide. The first data set, from the St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute, includes the percentage of adults reporting in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey that they have ever been diagnosed with a depressive disorder. The BRFSS is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The second data set, from Cooperative Educational Service Agency 6 (CESA 6) and the CDC, includes the percentage of high school students reporting in the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) survey that attempted suicide―or seriously considered attempting suicide―in the past year. The YRBSS is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in conjunction with the CDC. The third data set is from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and includes the suicide rate, which is the number of deaths by suicide per 100,000 people in the population (ages 10 and above).

Sources

St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Study

Cooperative Educational Service Agency 6, High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, YRBSS Results

Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health

Notes

Depressive disorders include depression, major depression, dysthymia, and minor depression. 2014 BRFSS data are used for Wisconsin and the United States where 2015 data was only available for Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago. 2013 YRBSS data are used for Wisconsin and the United States where 2015 data was only available for the Fox Cities Region. The Fox Cities Region is defined as the school districts in Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties that participated in the YRBSS.