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A suicide attempt is a self-inflicted, potentially injurious behavior with evidence of intent to die but with a nonfatal outcome. Suicide attempts differ from suicides in that only suicides result in death. Suicide attempts differ from nonsuicidal self-injury in that only suicide attempts include the intent to die. Although some suicide attempts have a low risk of lethality, such as taking a slightly larger dose of a medication, and do not result in physical harm, most attempts result in serious injuries.

It is estimated that 0.5% of the adult population in the United States make a suicide attempt, 1.0% make suicide plans, and 3.7% experience suicidal thoughts each year. For youth in grades 9 through 12, it is estimated that 17.0% have seriously considered attempting suicide, ...

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