Year: 2016 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.(2016).46(3):352-362.DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12225 SIEC No: 20160297

The national cost of suicides and suicide attempts in the United States in 2013 was $58.4 billion based on reported numbers alone. Lost productivity (termed indirect costs) represents most (97.1%) of this cost. Adjustment for under-reporting increased the total cost to $93.5 billion or $298 per capita, 2.1Ð2.8 times that of previous studies. Previous research suggests that improved continuity of care would likely reduce the number of subsequent suicidal attempts following a previous nonfatal attempt. We estimate a highly favorable benefitÐcost ratio of 6 to 1 for investments in additional medical, counseling, and linkage services for such patients.