Aspects of suicidal behavior, depression, and treatment in college students: results from the spring 2000 national college health assessment survey

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2005 Feb;35(1):3-13. doi: 10.1521/suli.


The National College Health Assessment Survey (NCHA), sponsored by the American College Health Association, measured depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts among 15,977 college students in the academic year 1999-2000. Similar to the National College Health Risk Behavior Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1995, 9.5% of students reported that they had seriously considered attempting suicide and 1.5% of students reported that they had attempted suicide within the last school year. The NCHA findings show a relationship between suicidal behavior and depressed mood. Depressed mood, difficulties of sexual identity, and problematic relationships all increase the likelihood of vulnerability to suicidal behavior. Less than 20% of students reporting suicidal ideation or attempts were receiving treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Risk Factors
  • Students / psychology*
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Suicide, Attempted / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities