Nevada Ranked High in Survey on Suicidal Thoughts

LAS VEGAS -- When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October 2011 published the first ever report to compare state-level data on suicidal thoughts and behavior among adults, Nevada was prominently ranked.

The study, compiling data from 2008 and 2009, was based on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health that collected responses from 92,264 individuals aged 18 and older.

Researchers estimated that among Nevadans aged 18 to 29, some 36,000 or 8.8 percent had seriously considered suicide during the year prior to the survey. That was the highest percentage in that age group in the country, with the national average standing at 5.7 percent based on an estimated 2.86 million individuals.

Among Nevada women it was estimated that 87,000 or 9.1 percent had seriously considered suicide during the prior year. That, too, was the highest percentage in the nation, with the U.S. average among women at 3.9 percent based on an estimated 4.57 million individuals.

It was also estimated that 29,000 Nevada women or 3.1 percent had made suicide plans the prior year, tops in the nation. The national estimate was 1 percent based on 1.2 million women.

Nevada also topped the rankings with an estimated 39,000 or 3.3 percent of the state's non-Hispanic white adults having made suicide plans during the previous year. The national average was an estimated 1 percent based on 1.6 million individuals. Information for other racial and ethnic groups was either unavailable or there weren't enough states reporting results to make viable rankings.


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