Among adults 18 to 54 years of age, the prevalence of suicide has declined
about 6% since the early 1990s, but whether suicide-related behaviors such
as thoughts, plans, gestures, and attempts have also declined is not clear.
To address these questions, Kessler and colleagues analyzed self-reported
data on suicide-related behaviors and treatment from 2 nationally representative
surveys conducted in 1990-1992 and 2001-2003. Comparing data from the 2 surveys,
the authors found little change in the number of persons reporting suicide-related
behaviors, despite a substantial increase in treatment for persons who made
a suicide gesture or attempt.