|September 10, 2012|
Suicide ideation (i.e., having serious thoughts of suicide) is a public health concern that affects millions of adults and, if not addressed, can result in tragedy for individuals, families, and communities. According to combined data from the 2009 and 2010 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs), an annual average of 8.6 million adults aged 18 or older (3.8 percent) had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. Although there is some variation among States in suicide ideation, NSDUH data show that no State is immune from this problem. The percentage of adults with suicide ideation ranged from 3.1 percent in Georgia and Texas to 5.0 percent in Utah (Figure).1
|District of Columbia||3.98%|
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides individuals, families, professionals, and organizations with an array of information and resources for those seeking help and/or those implementing suicide prevention programs in their communities (http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/suicide.aspx).