Large Increase Shown in Emergency Department Visits for Suicidal Thoughts
The rate of emergency department (ED) visits by adults with suicidal thoughts increased by 12 percent on average each year from 2006 to 2013, more than doubling during that seven-year period, according to a new AHRQ statistical brief. Among ED patients with suicidal thoughts in 2013, the most common mental health-related conditions were mood disorders (76 percent), substance-related disorders (43 percent) or alcohol-related disorders (30 percent). Patients were more likely to be male, between the ages of 18 and 64, and either uninsured or covered by Medicaid. About 12 percent of patients visited the ED with a co-occurring injury, and such injuries were more common among females. For more information, access the statistical brief, Emergency Department Visits Related to Suicidal Ideation, 2006-2013. The analysis follows previous AHRQ publications on suicide, including a recent evidence report on youth suicide prevention and a chartbook providing data on suicide related to mental health and substance abuse.
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