Suicide Attempts and Dying by Suicide Study

Resource from the American Journal of Psychiatry: Suicide Attempts and Dying by Suicide. A study found that 59.3 percent of people who died by suicide did so as a result of their first attempt (defined by the study as a first lifetime attempt that resulted in medical attention). The authors suggested that this finding reveals the importance of identifying people at risk before they attempt suicide for the first time. It also reveals a critical problem of using “prior suicide attempt” to identify people at risk of suicide–that is, this method fails to identify approximately 60 percent of the people who die by suicide, since they die as a result of their first attempt.
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