- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - New state data shows that the number of suicides in Utah climbed in 2012.

The Utah Health Department says in a statement Thursday that 545 people took their own lives, up from 456 in 2011.

Health officials say the state’s suicide rate has remained higher than the national rate for more than a decade and is currently the seventh highest in the country.

The new data shows males had a higher rate of suicide than women, with 34 suicides per 100,000 people as compared to about 10 suicides per 100,000 people for women.

More than half of all suicides in Utah involved men aged 25 to 64.

Gov. Gary Herbert had declared Thursday as suicide prevention day.

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