FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — The Franklin County Coroner’s Office reports a decline in deaths by suicide, both nationally and in the county.

A report released Friday says Franklin County saw a 5.26% decrease in suicides from 2019 to 2020, while the rate has decreased by 5.6% in the United States.

Among the coroner’s findings in Franklin County:

  • 78% of suicide deaths occurred in males, while 22% occurred in females.
  • The highest percentage of total suicide deaths was in those 65 and older.
  • The decedent’s residence was the most common location of suicide.
  • The highest number of deaths were reported in January 2020, with the next highest month identified as March, the start of the pandemic in Ohio.

Download the coroner’s report here.

For information on suicide prevention and efforts being made in Ohio and Franklin County, email Michelle Vargas at the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition or Tony Coder at the Ohio Suicide Prevention Coalition.