That rate of 7.4 percent translates into 2.6 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 25, researchers said.
"Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young adults, and it is preventable," said Kana Enomoto. She's principal deputy administrator at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which released the report.
"We need to reach out to young people with the message that help is at hand, and promote effective programs for saving lives by treating people at risk whenever and wherever they need it," Enomoto added in an agency news release.
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By E.J. Mundell, HealthDay, CBS News