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More Than Half a Million California Adults Seriously Thought About Suicide in the Past Year


In 2009, nearly 2.4 million adults in California reported having seriously thought about suicide during their lifetimes. Among these adults, more than half a million had thought seriously about suicide sometime during the past year. Members of sexual minorities were almost three times as likely as all adults in California to have had suicidal thoughts during the past year. This policy brief, based on data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), presents a comprehensive overview of risk factors associated with suicidal thoughts among adults ages 18 and older and highlights differences in suicidal ideation among demographic groups and geographic regions in California.

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