Annual averages of combined 2008 and 2009 data indicate that an estimated 8.4 million adults aged 18 or older had thought seriously about committing suicide in the past year; 2.3 million had made a suicide plan in the past year; and, 1.1 million had attempted suicide in the past year. The rates of thinking seriously about committing suicide, making plans for suicide, and attempting suicide were higher among young adults aged 18 to 25 than the rates among other age groups, and among the unemployed than among those in other employment categories. Of the 1.1 million adults who attempted suicide in the past year, 61.2 percent received medical attention for their suicide attempt, and 43.9 percent stayed overnight or longer in a hospital for their suicide attempt.

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