Note for Interpretation of Data

It is important to emphasize that being White, less educated, LGBT, or a veteran is not actually predictive of suicide, nor does being a member of one of these groups necessarily increase inherent suicide risk. Rather, circumstances and behaviors that these groups experience more frequently than other groups may explain why they also experience higher rates of suicide. For instance, individuals who are less educated may work in lower paying jobs and face financial, housing, and job insecurity that could increase risk. Also, individuals may have underlying conditions, such as mental health or substance use issues, which can increase the risk of suicide.