State’s Mental Health Commission Releases New Data Dashboard During National Suicide Prevention Week


Suicide incidence and rate data from the California Department of Public Health available in newest Transparency Suite dashboard. 

SACRAMENTO – Today, and as part of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission released a new Suicide Incidence and Rate Dashboard, an addition to its Transparency Suite. This new dashboard allows anyone to explore data from the California Department of Public Health about suicide, broken down by demographic factors, location, and methods. Suicide data is presented in both incidence and rate.

Suicide prevention is part of the Commission’s core focus as dictated by the Mental Health Services Act, and work continues year-round. The Commission published Striving For Zero, California’s suicide prevention plan, in 2019, and has worked on implementation since then. This dashboard is part of that work; presenting clear data on suicide for researchers, policymakers, and the public to access is just one of the actions recommended in California’s suicide prevention plan.

The Transparency Suite is a Commission initiative to connect the public, researchers, and decision-makers to data related to California’s mental health care system.

View and interact with the new dashboard here.

Interview Opportunities by Request

Dawnté R. Early, Ph.D. – Chief of Research and Evaluation

Brian R. Sala, Ph.D. – Deputy Director for Research

About the Commission

In enacting Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, California voters in 2014 created and charged the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission with the responsibility of driving transformational change in public and private mental health systems to achieve the vision that everyone who needs mental health care has access to and receives effective and culturally competent care. The Commission was design to empower stakeholders, with members representing consumers and their families, service providers, law enforcement, educators and employers. The Commission puts consumers and families at the center of decision-making. The Commission promotes community collaboration, cultural competency and integrated service delivery. The Commission is committed to wellness and recovery, using its authorities, resources and passion to reduce the negative outcomes of mental illness and promote the mental health and wellbeing of all Californians.