suicide and self-injury


The general population for many years considered SI to be an attempt of or a sign of suicide.  Suicide is not the purpose of self-harm, but the relationship between self-harm and suicide is complex, as self-harming behaviour may be potentially life-threatening.There is also an increased risk of suicide in individuals who self-harmto the extent that self-harm is found in 40–60% of suicides. However, generalising self-harmers to be suicidal is, in the majority of cases, inaccurate.

Suicide does have some basic similarities with SI in so much that mental disorders such as depression, bipolar, and OCD but SI is more commonly associated with self-loathing, punishment, and controlling emotion, suicide is rooted in despair.  Financial troubles, difficulties with relationships and other undesirable situations/circumstances can play a significant role in suicide.  There are other forms of suicide such as self-immolation, used as a form of protest; kamikaze and suicide bombing in military…

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