An Internet survey of 26,000 students in the U.S. has found that more than half of them had had at least one episode of suicidal thinking at some point in their lives. 15% had seriously considered attempting suicide and 5% had made at least one suicide attempt. 6% of undergraduates and 4% of graduate students reported seriously considering suicide within the 12 months prior to answering the survey. The most common reasons for contemplating suicide were: wanting relief from emotional or physical pain, problems with romantic relationships, the desire to end their life and problems with college work. 19% of undergraduate suicide attempters and 28% of graduate attempters required medical attention.
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