To describe the characteristics of and trends in suicides in national parks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service analyzed reports of suicide events (suicides and attempted suicides) occurring in the parks during 2003-2009. During this 7-year span, 84 national parks reported 286 suicide events, an average of 41 events per year. Of the 286 events, 68 percent were fatal. The two most commonly used methods were firearms and falls. Consistent with national patterns, 83 percent of suicides were among males. A comprehensive, multi-component approach is recommended to prevent suicide events, including enhanced training for park employees, site-specific barriers, and collaboration with communities.
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