Suicidal Thoughts and Suicide Attempts

 

Suicidal Behavior Among Adults in the United States 2017

 

Many more people attempt suicide than die by suicide.

 

Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior Among Adults in the United States 2018

Making a plan can be a precursor to a suicide attempt. Approximately 38 percent of people who make a suicide plan go on to make a suicide attempt. But it is important to remember that more than 14 percent of people who attempt suicide do not engage in any planning. Note that this chart does not include suicide attempts that resulted in death.

 

Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts and Medically Treated Attempts Among Adults in the United States 2018

 

The rates of both suicidal thoughts and attempts decline with age. However, the rate of suicide generally increases with age.

 

Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts and Medically Treated Attempts Among Adults in the United States 2018

 

Women are at greater risk for suicidal ideation, attempts, and medically treated attempts than men. However, men die by suicide at a higher rate than women. 

 

 

Rates of ideation (i.e., considering and planning suicide) among female high school students are nearly double that of male high school students. Suicide thoughts and attempts are higher among high school students than among adults in general, although deaths are lower among adolescents than among adults.

 

Suicidal Thoughts in the Past Year Among Adults in the United States 2018

 

Suicidal thoughts tend to decrease with age and are similar by sex.

 


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