Navigation Links
8.3 Million U.S. Adults Considered Suicide Last Year
Date:9/17/2009

National survey also found younger adults at higher risk

THURSDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A national survey has found that more than 8 million adults in the United States seriously considered suicide last year, with younger adults the most likely to contemplate taking their own lives.

In addition to nearly 8.3 million thinking about committing suicide, 2.3 million made a plan to do so, and 1.1 million actually attempted it, according to a federal government study released Thursday.

The findings are from data collected in a 2008 survey of 46,190 people aged 18 or older. It's the first national scientific survey of its size to examine this public health issue, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The study found significant age-related differences in the risk of suicidal thoughts, planning and attempts. For example, adults aged 18 to 25 were far more likely (6.7 percent) to have seriously considered suicide than those aged 26 to 49 (3.9 percent) and those aged 50 and older (2.3 percent). Similar disparities were found in suicide planning and attempts.

Females had marginally higher levels of suicidal thoughts and behaviors than males. Only 62.3 percent of those who attempted suicide received medical attention for their suicide attempts, while only 46 percent of those who attempted suicide stayed in a hospital overnight or longer for treatment of their suicide attempts.

Substance abuse was associated with increased risk of seriously considering, planning or attempting suicide, the report showed. People with substance abuse disorders were more than three times as likely to have seriously considered suicide as those without substance abuse disorders -- 11 percent versus 3 percent. Those with substance abuse disorders were four times more likely to have planned a suicide (3.4 percent versus 0.8 percent) and nearly seven times more likely to have attempted suicide (2 percent versus 0.3 percent).

"This study offers a far greater understanding of just how pervasive the risk of suicide is in our nation, and how many of us are potentially affected by it," Eric Broderick, SAMHSA acting administrator, said in a news release from the agency.

"While there are places that people in crisis can turn to for help like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline [1-800-273-TALK], the magnitude of the public health crisis revealed by this study should motivate us as a nation to do everything possible to reach out and help the millions who are at risk -- preferably well before they are in immediate danger," Broderick said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about suicide.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, news release, Sept. 17, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Chicago Lawyers Secure Record $25 Million Cook County Jury Verdict for Schaumburg Accident Victim
2. Relieving pain affecting millions
3. Malaria Control Method Could Prevent 6 Million New Infant Cases
4. CEL-SCI Corporation to Raise $20 Million in Registered Direct Offering
5. An Open Letter to Members of Congress: The Nearly 30 Million Americans With Rare Diseases Desperately Need Health Care Reform!
6. Video: Seventh Annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Los Angeles Raises More Than $4.6 Million
7. Center for AIDS Intervention Research Medical receives $11.16 million NIH grant
8. By 2018, GlaxoSmithKlines Votrient Will Garner Sales of $640 Million and Will Overtake Pfizers Sutent as the Renal Cell Carcinoma Market Leader
9. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Clears Vermillions OVA1(TM) Test to Determine Likelihood of Ovarian Cancer in Women with Pelvic Mass
10. DURECT Announces Sale of 4,444,444 Shares of Common Stock, Raising Proceeds of $10 Million
11. CBM-US Receives $3 Million Grant To Fund HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Efforts in Africa
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The International ... promote standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the opening ... 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... OBISPO, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... or dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if ... the 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented host, actor Rob ... sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational ... and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as ... disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in southern Oregon, ... health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to create AccentCare ... company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight years. This ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... 25, 2017   Montrium , an industry ... today—from the IQPC Trial Master Files & Inspection ... that EastHORN Clinical Services has selected eTMF ... TMF management. EastHORN, a leading European contract research ... increase transparency to enable greater collaboration with sponsors, ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... 22, 2017 AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced that ... successfully helping those with the widespread pain associated with ... Amanda in Essex, England commented, ... hair, experiencing no sleep at all, tremendous pain, with ... cannot recommend [the AVACEN 100] enough, how this has ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... R.I. , Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... the fields of bioinformatics and immune engineering, ... a protective avian influenza A (H7N9) vaccine. ... distantly related to seasonal influenza and presents ... rely on prior exposure to be effective. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: