Sumary of Use of mental health services stagnant despite rise in suicide attempts among US adults:
- Despite an increase in the rate of suicide attempts, use of mental health services by those who attempted suicide within a year of doing so has not increased, per a nationwide cross-sectional study published in JAMA Psychiatry.
- “Suicide attempts are the single most important risk factor for suicide and the risk factor most likely to precipitate contact with the health care system.
- The rate of suicide in the year after a suicide attempt has been estimated to be 0.8% to 3% for men and 0.3% to 1.9% for women,” Tanner Bommersbach, MD, MPH, of the department of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote.
- “Because the most effective suicide prevention approaches rely on identifying and treating individuals at high risk for suicide, suicide attempts offer a valuable opportunity to intervene at a critical time to prevent future suicide.
- ” Source: Adobe Stock Bommersbach and colleagues sought to estimate annual rates of suicide attempts and use of mental health services among U.S. adults, as there is little information regarding recent trends in prevalence and risk factors, as well as suicide attempts and acute care among adults who attempted suicide in the past year, they wrote.