-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- There's a suicide every 15
minutes in the United States, and for every person who takes his or
her own life there are many more who think about, plan or attempt
suicide, according to a federal report released Thursday.
The analysis of 2008-09 data from the National Survey on Drug
Use and Health found that rates of serious thoughts of suicide
range from about 1 in 50 adults in Georgia (2.1 percent) to 1 in 15
in Utah (6.8 percent). Rates of suicide attempts range from 1 in
1,000 adults in Delaware and Georgia (0.1 percent) to 1 in 67 in
Rhode Island (1.5 percent).
Overall, more than 2.2 million adults (1.0 percent) reported
making suicide plans in the past year, and more than 1 million (0.5
percent) said they attempted suicide in the past year, according to
the researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Young adults (ages 18 to 29) were much more likely than adults
aged 30 and older to have suicidal thoughts, make suicide plans and
attempt suicide. Rates of serious suicidal thoughts were much
higher among women than men, the report found.
Suicide rates were consistently higher in western states,
especially the Rocky Mountain states, according to the report. It
found that adults in the Midwest and West were more likely to have
suicidal thoughts than adults in the Northeast and South, and
adults in the Midwest were more likely to make suicide plans than
those in the South. Suicide attempts did not vary by region.
"Multiple factors contribute to risk for suicidal behavior. The variations identified in this report might reflect differences in the frequency of risk factors and the social and economic makeup of the study populations," Linda C. Degutis, director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in an agency news release.
"These differences can influence the types of prevention strategies used in communities and the groups included," she explained.
SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde said: "Suicide is a preventable
tragedy. With this new data we will be able to work more
effectively to reach people at risk and help keep them safe. For
people in need, help is always available by calling 1-800-273-TALK
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