ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s suicide rate reportedly is the highest in the nation. The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday that New Mexico had 535 suicides in 2018, the most recent year for which nationwide data is available.
According to the newspaper, rates of suicide in the youngest age group jumped significantly and mirrored a nationwide trend.
New Mexico was fourth in the nation in 2017 with 491 suicides or a rate of 23.5 for 100,000 residents.
Official data released annually by the American Association of Suicidology showed New Mexico trailed only Montana, Wyoming and Alaska in suicides.
But the state had a 9% increase in 2018 and reached the top of the list with a rate of 25.6 suicides per 100,000 people compared to the national average of 14.8 suicides per 100,000.