As people attempting suicide are more likely to make a new attempt in the next six months compared to the general population, barriers to treatment are particularly worrying, he said.
"It's our idea of hope," he said. "That is the goal of the medical structure. We want to provide health care to people who attempt suicide. "
Suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, with an annual death rate that has increased 60 percent in recent decades, to 48,344 in 2018 from 29,180 in 1999. During that period, the suicide rate in the population increased by 35 percent and decreased for the first time by 2 percent in 2019, according to the CDC
This has happened despite significant advances in brain science and the development of promising interventions through cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment-based family therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy, says Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Physician of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
"One would argue, why have prices not fallen?" she said. "Until 2018, it is very clear that these have not yet been made available to the general public."
The study suggests that suicidal people generally face particularly high barriers to entry, as the U.S. population as a whole uses mental health services at a higher level than ever before, with recent research suggesting that one in four Americans received a show care, said Dr. Moutier.
"This is not a new find from that point of view, but it is terribly worrying," said Dr. Moutier, who was not involved in the investigation.