Suicide, which occurs when an individual intentionally takes his or her own life, is among the leading causes of death in the United States. The act of thinking about or preparing for one's own suicide is known as suicidal ideation, while a nonfatal, potentially harmful behavior performed with the intent of ending one's own life is known as a suicide attempt. The terms "success" for fatal attempts and "failure" for nonfatal attempts have previously been used to describe suicide attempts. However, suicide prevention experts have advocated moving away from this language, citing concerns that describing a suicide attempt as "successful" positions death as a desirable result.
According to a 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),...Read more