Suicide attempts are on the rise in U.S., especially among young, disadvantaged adults

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Susan Perry Suicide attempts in the United States continue to climb, particularly among young, economically disadvantaged adults and people with mental health disorders, according to a troubling study published this week in JAMA Psychiatry.Suicide prevention efforts need to focus more on people in those groups, particularly on individuals with a history of suicide attempts, the authors of the study stress.“Attempted suicide is the strongest risk factor for suicide, so it’s important that clinicians know just who faces the highest risk so that we can do a better job of preventing suicides from happening,” said Dr. Mark Olfson, the study’s lead author and a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University, in a...

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