Thoughts of suicide high in Washington, Idaho

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a fascinating report today measuring suicidal thoughts and behaviors among adults older than 18 in the United States.

Residents of Idaho and Washington have among the highest percentages of "suicidal thoughts" but don't rank as alarmingly high in percentages of those who have actual plans or make actual attempts.

In 2008-2009, when the scientific surveys were taken, 6 percent of Idahoans, age 18 and older, reported suicidal thoughts; In Washington, it was 4.7 percent. The U.S. average is 3.7 percent.

Utah had the highest reported percentage of suicidal thoughts, at 6.8 percent. Georgia had the lowest percentage, at 2.1 percent.

The report is filled with alarming statistics

Suicidal thoughts are higher among females but they are no more likely as males to plan suicides or make attempts.  Read entire report  here.

And thanks to Dave Wasson, assistant city editor, for this suggestion to include in this blog post the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255.

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