Whether by coincidence or opportunity to strike while the Robin Williams news cycle is hot, the Orange County Health Care Agency released a suicide report Thursday.
Covering the years 2009 through 2011, the report finds:
* There were 835 suicides in Orange County for a rate of nine per 100,000 people. That's down slightly from the state rate of 9.9 and the national rate of 12 per 100,000.
* Thirteen Orange County cities exceeded the county rate.
* The highest rate of suicides was in Laguna Beach, where there were 21.1 per 100,000 population. The actual number of people was 17, and the majority died by drug overdose.
* The lowest rate of suicide over the same three year period was in Villa Park. That's because there weren't any.
* Next highest after Laguna Beach was a tie between Dana Point and Newport Beach, where the rate was 13.5 per 100,000 population and the actual number of people were 15 and 40 respectively.
* The largest number of people in an Orange County city who committed suicide from 2009-2011 was the 72 in Anaheim, but the population there made the rate 7.5 per 100,000 population.
* Of those who committed suicide in Orange County over the three years, 75 percent were men. The highest rate of men were 75 or older.
* Most men opt for violent deaths while most women choose drug overdose or poison. The highest number of self-inflicted deaths were by men ages 45-54.
* The highest rate of suicides was among non-Hispanic whites (15.4 per 100,000 population), followed by blacks (8.8), Asian/Pacific Islanders (6.4) and Latinos (3.1).
* The suicide rate among military veterans is three times higher than civilians. Vets make up 15 percent or Orange County suicides.
* Guns were used in 33.2 percent of suicides, followed by hanging or strangulation (33.1) and poisoning or drug overdose (22.5).