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What is a suicide attempt survivor?

"Suicide is not a blot on anyone’s name; it is a tragedy "
— Kay Redfield Jamison (Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide)


A suicide attempt is definited as a "potentially self-injurious behavior with a nonfatal outcome, for which there is evidence that the person intended to kill himself or herself; a suicide attempt may or may not result in injuries." Suicide attempt survivors are individuals who have survived a prior suicide attempt.

  • Approximately 1 million people attempt suicide in the US each year. We have little data on attempts because many aren’t reported.
  • Approximately an attempt every 38 seconds.

For more information about the numbers of attempts, see:

http://cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/Suicide_DataSheet-a.pdf

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