Suicide Notes

A suicide note, also known as a death note, is a message left by an individual who intends to die, or who has died by suicide. Suicide notes have been romanticized in popular culture due to the notes left by many historical figures and celebrities who have died by suicide, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Kurt Cobain. However, only 18% to 30% of individuals who die by suicide leave a suicide note. In the majority of suicide cases, no note is ever found. This entry focuses on the characteristics and common content of suicide notes.

Characteristics of Suicide Notes

Suicide notes may be left in the form of a letter, diary or journal entry, video or tape recording, text message, e-mail, or post on social ...

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