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Unread 10-06-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Trig What qualifies as a suicide attempt?

This is a little weird, but I wondered what qualified as attempting suicide. I feel like this is kind of important for me to know, although I'm not sure why.
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I was going to say that it depends on the Intent behind the attempt, but now I'm not so sure.

For example, I was in denial for years that what I had done was an attempt. I don't remember thinking and planning it out - I just did it to make the pain go away. It had become unbearable.

I think if you are asking this question as I did, then you need to talk to a therapist about it. I hope that you get the the help you need.


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Trig Re: What qualifies as a suicide attempt?

It means you have actually done something to yourself that would / could (or did) result in your actual demise.

The lucky ones (like me) are not successful which enables them to get the help they need until they are strong enough to realize that this isn't the only solution/option to coping with the overwhelming emotional pain that sends them there in the first place.

I hope you are not in this space! ... If you are, please reach out for all the support and help you need in order to help you get through it safely!

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It means you have actually done something to yourself that would / could (or did) result in your actual demise.

The lucky ones (like me) are not successful which enables them to get the help they need until they are strong enough to realize that this isn't the only solution/option to coping with the overwhelming emotional pain that sends them there in the first place.

I hope you are not in this space! ... If you are, please reach out for all the support and help you need in order to help you get through it safely!

I agree, with pfrog.

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Default Re: What qualifies as a suicide attempt?

Pretty much what Pfrog said. To be honest I was a little unsure how else anybody could answer the initial question. It's a case of attempt or it's not.

Thinking about it is not the same as doing it if that narrows down what you were trying to get at? If however you're asking about putting yourself at risk... which could go either way but you're not exactly deliberately trying to end things... just in a state of not caring... then I'm not sure how you'd quantify that. I have been in both situations, but with the latter I wasn't really thinking about it as such... it just didn't matter.
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i hope you are okay, samantha.

i hope you are not thinking of trying it?
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depends in my opinion.

I OD on lethal dose of diphenhydramine and alcohol passed out, then woke up in a puddle of puke the next day...call it an attempt.

If you intend to kill yourself and some outside factor prevents it..attempt.

If you cut your wrist, or od on pills and go to get help...I think it's just a cry for help...my opinion.
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Okay, I guess what I was asking was if I tried to cut my wrist but it wasn't really a predetermined decision and I wasn't using anything that was sharp enough to ever work. Thanks for all the responses.
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Default Re: What qualifies as a suicide attempt?

Personally I think suicide attempt happens when you actually believe you are going to die. Like jesusplay's first example I guess. Where you're doing it and you actually know this is going to kill you but for some reason it doesn't.
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Okay, I guess what I was asking was if I tried to cut my wrist but it wasn't really a predetermined decision and I wasn't using anything that was sharp enough to ever work. Thanks for all the responses.
Whether or not you label that a suicide attempt it needs to be addressed very seriously. Do you have a therapist? I think it is important that you speak to someone. Stay safe.
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