PPB oops: Portland suicides NOT 3 times national rate, after all

Suicide is PreventableDec. 3, 2013

A report by the Portland Police Bureau on Sept. 30 said Portland’s suicide rate was 3 times the national rate, a shocking statistic that was widely reported. Now the PPB says it made a mistake, comparing 27 months of Portland data to 12 months nationally.

The original report said:

There were a total of 202 completed suicides, between the April 2011 through June 2013; with a rate of 34.4 per 100,000, over that time period. This was nearly three times the 2010 national rate of 12.4 per 100,000.

The re-issued report omits the second sentence to read as follows:

There were a total of 202 completed suicides, between the April 2011 through June 2013; with a rate of 34.4 per 100,000, over that time period.

The Portland Police Bureau today issued the following press release.

News Release from Portland Police Bureau
 
Posted on FlashAlert: December 3rd, 2013 3:52 PM
 
On Monday September 30, 2013, the Portland Police Bureau released a report from the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) that analyzed all completed suicides over a 27-month period.The report incorrectly compared the Portland suicide rate over a 27-month period to a national 12-month rate. This incorrect comparison was an oversight and not an intentional act to mislead the public. The Bureau regrets the error and will continue to examine data surrounding suicide and calls involving persons struggling from a mental health crisis.
 
The corrected report can be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/465339.
 
Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.
 
Suicide is preventable.
 
The Police Bureau has produced a suicide prevention video available for viewing by visiting http://youtu.be/1uz3cs-HdA
 
If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thought or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please consider the following options:
The Multnomah County Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.
 
Lines for Life is available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.
 
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary. Call (503) 963-2575.
 
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