How many people who tell doctors they are going to commit suicide actually do? (Q via Twitter)
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- Answered 29 Jun 2019 Conflict of interest declaration: None In The Prevalence of Suicidal Phenomena in Adolescents: A Systematic Review of Population-Based Studies https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16156486 has an interesting table (Table 5) this reports on the number of reported suicide attempts based on anonymous and non-anonymous surveys. For both it reports a lifetime prevalence of 10% (same for both methods). When they asked about threats of suicide the rate is 38% for anonymous and 13% for non-anonymous. This is as close as I could find on difference in rates between suicide attempts and threats, although I have little confidence that the figures are robust!