Year: 2009 Source: Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies, (September 17, 2009). 4p. SIEC No: 20090858

This article reports on suicidal thoughts & behaviours among American adults in 2008. In 2008, an estimated 8.3 million adults aged 18 or older had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, 2.3 million made a suicide plan, & 1.1 million attempted suicide. Young adults, aged 18-25, were more likely than adults aged 26-49 & those aged 50 or older to have had serious thoughts of suicide, to have made any plans for suicide, & to have attempted suicide. Of the adults who attempted suicide in the past year, 62.3% received medical attention for their suicide attempts, & 46.0% stayed overnight or longer in a hospital for their suicide attempts. (2 notes)