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Thank you Romeo for the interesting numbers. I was actually looking for data on suicide rates and those that seek help. Of particular note, scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) found that 3.6% of their survey pool had pondered suicide. (ref: http://www.brookhavenhospital.com/only-half-of-suicidal-americans-seek-treatment/). But this was in 2006. I'm amazed that a different survey, conducted years later, by a different organization (SAMHSA) had numbers almost EXACTLY the same results. To be honest, I was looking for a descrepency - so I could make an assessment of improvements (or lack thereof) in general mental health, based on socio-economic factors before and after 2007 (pre and post economic downturn.) I guess the better news is that economic might not play a dramatic a role in suicide as I (or others) may have previously assumed.

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