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CDC study shows behavior and suicidal thoughts vary according to the American adults

CDC study shows behavior and suicidal thoughts vary according to the American adults
Centers for Disease Control - 20/10/2011study looks at data from 2008 to 2009

Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States death by suicide. And, for each person who dies, there are many others who think, plan, or attempted suicide, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Serious thoughts are suicide close from 1 to 50 adult in Georgia (2.1%) to 1-15, Utah (6.8%). Suicide attempts, the range goes from 1 to 1000 adult in Delaware and the Georgia (0.1%) to 1 in 67 of Rhode Island (1.5%).  This report is the first to present the data of the State about suicidal thoughts and behavior in adults of the United States.

"Suicide is a tragedy for individuals, families and communities." This report highlights that we have opportunities to intervene before someone dies by suicide. "We can identify risks and take action before a suicide attempt occurs," said Thomas M. Frieden, M.D., Director of CDC. "Most people are uncomfortable talking about suicide, but is not a problem to wrap in secrecy."  "We need to work together to raise awareness about suicide and learn more about interventions that work to prevent this public health problem".

CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has studied the data from the national survey on the consumption of drugs and health (NSDUH) 2008-2009.

"Suicide is a preventable tragedy," said SAMHSA administrator Pam Hyde.  "With this new data we will be able to work more effectively to reach people at risk and help keep their security."  For people in need, help is always available by calling 1 800 273 TALK / 8255. »

Results include:

More than 2.2 million adults (1.0%) reported that plans of suicide in the last year, ranging from 0.1% in Georgia to 2.8 per cent in Rhode Island. More than 1 million adults (0.5% of adults) reported attempted suicide in the last year, ranging from 0.1% in Delaware and the Georgia to 1.5% of Rhode Island.The prevalence of suicidal thoughts serious, suicide, planning, and suicide attempts was significantly higher among young adults aged football years that he was among adults aged 30 years or more.The prevalence of serious suicidal thoughts was significantly higher among women than among men.Suicide rates have always been higher in the Western States, including States of the Rocky Mountains. In this report, like the non-lethal behavior, the pattern was mixed: adults in the Midwest and the West were more likely to have thoughts of suicide than those of the Northeast and South. Adults in the Midwest were more likely to have made plans for suicide than those of the South, and suicide attempts do not vary by region.

"Several factors contribute to risk for suicidal behaviour." "The variations identified in this report could reflect differences in the frequency of the factors of risk and social, cultural and economic of the study of population composition,", said Linda c. Degutis, Dr., M.S.N., Director of the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. "These differences may influence the types of prevention strategies used in communities, and included groups."

This research highlights the importance of the collection and use of local information for the purpose of prevention. Continuous monitoring is required to design, implement and evaluate public health policies and programs that can lead to a reduction of morbidity and mortality related to behaviors and thoughts related to suicide. Possible suicide prevention strategies are designed for a wide audience, such as public education campaigns which put emphasis on the improvement of the recognition of suicide risk and more intensive strategies (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy) for those who are at high risk, such as the persons who have attempted suicide.In cognitive-behavioral therapy, cognitive part helps people change ways of thinking, and the behavioral part helps people change the way they react to situations.

The CDC Injury Center works to prevent injuries and violence and their consequences for health.  For more information on suicide prevention, please visit
If you or someone you know has ideas of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 800 273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Web site.
For a list of prevention interventions based on evidence of suicide, please visit

For more information about these recommendations and advice to cover suicide visit Reporting on Suicide: recommendations for the media (

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