More than half a million California adults think seriously about committing suicide, study reveals

December 20th, 2012 by Letisia Marquez in Psychology & Psychiatry /
More than half a million California adults think seriously about committing suicide, study reveals

(Medical Xpress)—More than half a million adults in California seriously thought about committing suicide during the previous year, according to a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The study, which uses data from the 2009 California (CHIS), is the first by the center to focus on suicide ideation.

In California, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, the researchers noted. An average of nine deaths by suicide occur each day in the state.

"Suicide is complex and always devastating," said David Grant, the report's lead author and director of CHIS. "Our research identifies some populations that are at high risk of suicidal behavior, and our findings may help target prevention efforts and, hopefully, save lives."

Among the study's findings:

Read the policy brief: "More Than Half a Million California Adults Seriously thought About Suicide in the Past Year."

Provided by University of California, Los Angeles

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