Year: 2023 Source: Crisis. (2019). 40(4), 227–230. SIEC No: 20231492
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) in the United States, 10.6 million American adults have serious thoughts of ending their lives by suicide each year (SAMHSA, 2018). In that same  year, we further know that 1.4 million American adults attempted suicide while approximately 47,000 across all ages died by suicide (Drapeau & McIntosh, 2018). While suicidologists and public health officials are understandably  preoccupied with suicides and suicide attempts, we have recently begun to reflect on those with suicidal ideation who too often escape the focused attention of our suicide prevention research, clinical treatments, and even national health- care policies. Upon reflection, the prevalence of suicidal ideation in the United States is truly staggering: 10,600,000 people experiencing thoughts of ending their lives is more than the population of the US state of Georgia. From an  international perspective, this figure is roughly the size of the population of the Czech Republic.