Study: One in 25 Teens Has Attempted Suicide

One in eight say they've thought about it


About one in 25 U.S. teens has attempted suicide, according to a new national study, and one in eight has thought about it.

Researchers said those numbers are similar to the prevalence of lifetime suicidal thinking and attempts reported by adults—suggesting the teenage years are an especially vulnerable time.

"What adults say is, the highest risk time for first starting to think about suicide is in adolescence," said Matthew Nock, a psychologist who worked on the study at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.