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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2016 Jun;46(3):352-62. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12225. Epub 2015 Oct 29.

Suicide and Suicidal Attempts in the United States: Costs and Policy Implications.

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1
Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA.
2
Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA, USA.
3
Education Development Center Suicide Prevention and Resource Center, Waltham, MA, USA.

Abstract

The national cost of suicides and suicide attempts in the United States in 2013 was $58.4 billion based on reported numbers alone. Lost productivity (termed indirect costs) represents most (97.1%) of this cost. Adjustment for under-reporting increased the total cost to $93.5 billion or $298 per capita, 2.1-2.8 times that of previous studies. Previous research suggests that improved continuity of care would likely reduce the number of subsequent suicidal attempts following a previous nonfatal attempt. We estimate a highly favorable benefit-cost ratio of 6 to 1 for investments in additional medical, counseling, and linkage services for such patients.

PMID:
26511788
PMCID:
PMC5061092
DOI:
10.1111/sltb.12225
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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