Suicide in the year after a suicide attempt

AAS Conference, April 28th 2017, 2:45 PM

Authors: McKeon, Silverman, Pearson

 Summary Authors (Twitter)
  • 2012, over 1.3 million U.S. adults reported that they attempted suicide in the past year, and 39,426 adults died by suicide
  • Used data on suicide deaths from US mortality records and data on suicide attempts from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health
  • In the year following a suicide attempt approximately 3% die by suicide
  • For persons older than 45, rates were:
    • higher for men than for women
    • higher for white than racial minorities
    • higher for those with less than high school education compared to college grads
  • Research highlights the vital importance of improving our ability to intervene rapidly and effectively with those who attempt suicide and touch the health care system
  • The suicide risk for people who didn’t finish high school needs to be incorporated into assessments and community suicide prevention efforts.
Richard McKeon
(@richard_mckeon)related: @samhsagov
Morton Silverman
Jane Pearson

related: @NIMHgov

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