A common yet highly inaccurate belief is that people who survive a suicide attempt are unlikely to try again. In fact, just the opposite is true. Within the first three months to a year following a suicide attempt, people are at highest risk of a second attempt — and this time perhaps succeeding.
A recent analysis of studies that examined completed suicides among those who made prior attempts found that one person in 25 had a fatal repeat attempt within five years.
Now a new study reveals just how lethal suicide attempts, as a risk factor for completed suicide, are. When all who died by suicide were counted, including those who died in their first attempt, the fatality rate among suicide attempters was nearly 59 percent higher than had been previously reported.
– Jane E. Brody