Injuries are responsible for lost lives, decreased quality of life, lost productivity, and undue burden to the community. Sometimes referred to as “accidents”, unintentional injuries account for the majority of fatal and non-fatal injuries; 68% of fatal injuries and 84% of non-fatal injury hospitalizations. Unintentional injury mortality rates are over two times higher than suicide rates and 18 times higher than homicide rates. The leading causes of unintentional injury are falls, motor vehicle traffic injuries, and poisoning.
Intentional injuries include homicide and assault, injuries related to legal or war activities, and suicide and self-harm attempts. Suicide rates in Wyoming are consistently higher than the U.S. rates and have been increasing since 2004. In 2017 the Wyoming suicide rate was 27.1 deaths per 100,000 residents, almost twice the national rate of 14.5 and the second-highest suicide rate behind only Montana. On average, one Wyoming resident dies by suicide every two days.