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Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior Among Adults Vary Widely in the U.S.

(Posted 10/21/2011)

Isolated FatherEvery 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in this country. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan or attempt suicide. A new CDC study examines that pattern among adults 18 years and older, in the United States by state.

Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Adults aged 18 Years or Older – United States, 2008-2009 appears in the October 21, 2011 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summaries (MMWR).

Report Highlights:
This report is the first to present state-level data concerning suicidal thoughts and behavior among adults in the U.S. The data presented in this report support other findings that the public health burden of suicidal behavior throughout the United States is much greater than the number of deaths.

The information in this report tells us there are big differences in the number of adults who report thinking about, planning, and attempting suicide in the past year, depending on where they live. This underscores the importance of collecting and using local information for prevention purposes.

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