Suicide thoughts, plans and attempts among U.S. adults as of 2016, by major depressive episode*

Suicide thoughts among U.S. adults by major depressive episode 2016 This statistic shows suicide thoughts, plans and attempts among U.S. adults as of 2016, broken down by major depressive episode. Almost 29 percent of respondents with a major depressive episode had serious thoughts of suicide within the preceding year.
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Major depressive episodeNo major depressive episode
Had serious thoughts of suicide28.8%2.3%
Made any suicide plans9.6%0.5%
Attempted suicide3.4%0.3%
Major depressive episodeNo major depressive episode
Had serious thoughts of suicide28.8%2.3%
Made any suicide plans9.6%0.5%
Attempted suicide3.4%0.3%
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This statistic shows suicide thoughts, plans and attempts among U.S. adults as of 2016, broken down by major depressive episode. Almost 29 percent of respondents with a major depressive episode had serious thoughts of suicide within the preceding year.
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Release date
September 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Number of respondents
base: around 70,000
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Questionnaire
Supplementary notes
* Suicide thoughts, plans and attempt in the past year. serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. Major Depressive Episode (MDE) is defined as in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), which specifies a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of specified depression symptoms. Respondents with unknown past year MDE data were excluded.

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