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Prevalence of suicidal ideation, planning, attempts described

Subjects ” neurobehavioural disorders

HealthDay News – The prevalence of suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts is detailed in a report published in the Jan. 7 issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Asha Z. Ivey-Stephenson, Ph.D., of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and colleagues summarized data from the 2015-2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, covering 254,767 respondents in terms of prevalence of suicidal thoughts, planning, and attempts in persons 18 years and older.

Researchers observed differences in prevalence estimates of suicidal ideation and behavior by sociodemographic factors, region, and country. An estimated 10.6 million (annual average) adults in the United States (4.3 percent of the adult population) reported having had suicidal thoughts in the previous year from 2015 to 2019. The prevalence varied from 4.0 percent in the Northeast and South to 4.8 percent in the West. Overall, 1.3 percent of the adult population (an estimated 3.1 million adults) had attempted suicide in the past year, with prevalence ranging from 1.0 to 1.4 percent in the Northeast, Midwest, and West respectively. In addition, 0.6 percent of the adult population (an estimated 1.4 million adults) had attempted suicide in the past year. Women had a higher prevalence of suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts than men in the past year, while the prevalence was also higher in adults aged 18 to 39 than in those aged 40 or older.

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“These analyzes support recent public health efforts to build and sustain the momentum of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention,” the authors write.

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Neurobehavioral Disorders Suicide and Self-harm

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