Orange County Suicides Rise

Orange County experienced 369 suicides last year — its largest number this century. The figures represent 10.8 suicide deaths per 100,000 people.

City News Service reports: 

From 2014 through last year, the annual suicide rate was 10.3 deaths per 100,000 residents, or about 330 annually. Most people took their lives by hanging-strangulation-suffocation, self-inflicted gunshots, or overdosing on medication.

From 2014 to 2018, 529, or 32.1%, died from hanging, strangulation and suffocation; 516, or 31.3%, from firearms and explosives; 362, or 22%, from poisoning; 241, or 14.6% from cutting, piercing, jumping or all others.

Coastal communities like Seal Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point saw the largest number of suicides in the county. Stanton saw the fewest.