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One of my classmates committed suicide. If the web says that 97% of suicide attempts fail, how was he able to get it right on the first try?

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Dr. Thomas Steele
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Lethality of attempt

Per your statistics, 3% succeed, and unfortunately your friend was one of those.
Suicide attempts vary widely in both lethal intent and lethality of method. Overdoses with some pills may cause only prolonged sleep, while overdoses with others (especially if mixed with alcohol) are rapidly fatal. Jumping, firearms, and hanging are highly lethal methods, more likely to succeed on the first try.

In brief: Lethality of attempt

Per your statistics, 3% succeed, and unfortunately your friend was one of those.
Suicide attempts vary widely in both lethal intent and lethality of method. Overdoses with some pills may cause only prolonged sleep, while overdoses with others (especially if mixed with alcohol) are rapidly fatal. Jumping, firearms, and hanging are highly lethal methods, more likely to succeed on the first try.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Also, the "web" has some very accurate information, some completely false information, and everything in between. That is because anyone can write anything on the web... it's open and free. That also means asking questions to doctors here can help separate the true information from the false.
Dr. Steven Watry
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Misfortune

Pure bad luck.. too bad no body saw his distress ..

In brief: Misfortune

Pure bad luck.. too bad no body saw his distress ..
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Dr. Rhonda Simons
And perhaps he tried before, but failed and never told anyone....OD'd...but survived. So sorry for your loss..
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Intent

Most likely because he had very serious intent and that it was well planned out.
And what was going on emotionally? Either he didn't have the words to communicate and he was bottling his feelings, or he was trying and nobody was listening. Either way we have a tragedy.

In brief: Intent

Most likely because he had very serious intent and that it was well planned out.
And what was going on emotionally? Either he didn't have the words to communicate and he was bottling his feelings, or he was trying and nobody was listening. Either way we have a tragedy.
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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Suicide

This is a very difficult question to answer without knowing many facts.
Sometimes, in general, an individual is so depressed that they long for relief and death seems attractive . I am very sorry for your loss and for this awful tragedy. Suicide is always extremely difficult to understand but of those that survive they often say they mistakenly believed they were a burden to others.

In brief: Suicide

This is a very difficult question to answer without knowing many facts.
Sometimes, in general, an individual is so depressed that they long for relief and death seems attractive . I am very sorry for your loss and for this awful tragedy. Suicide is always extremely difficult to understand but of those that survive they often say they mistakenly believed they were a burden to others.
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