Suicide is a major public health threat in Utah. Males are more likely than females to have had a crisis within two weeks of their death such as intimate partner problems, job problems, school problems and criminal problems. Females, were more likely to have a diagnosed mental illness, current mental illness treatment, history of mental illness treatment, leaving a suicide note, and a history of suicide note, and a history of suicide attempts compared to males.
Suicide is a complex behavior and generally cannot be attributed to a single cause or event. Research has found that approximately 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health or substance use disorder at the time of their death. Suicide is also often preceded by a lifetime history of traumatic events. Several other factors that put a person at increased risk for suicide may include: