Doubtfully Yours makes a point, that people who don't succeed are just making a cry for help. I'm sure that many people out here can attest to that point being true as well.
I totally do NOT agree. I do not for one second think that all people who FAIL at a suicide attempt are " just making a cry for help".
That statement is very ill informed to say the least. It can be true in some cases but I would venture to say that most suicide attempts are so much deeper than just a cry for help. When doctors use the term "cry for help", they do not necessarily mean that the person who has attempted suicide is just trying to seek attention,,,,,,more of less carefully planning out just the amount of pills to take so that it does not kill them....most times it means that the person is hurting so bad that they do not KNOW HOW to cry out for help with words asking for help. If that at all makes sense...... it is hard to put into thoughts.
Many times , if not most of the time,,,,,,,the actual act of suicide is an impulse act. In that I mean that they do think of suicide, idealize it, and even come up with a plan. I think that most of the time the thought of ending their life is always there, they decide that it is going to happen sooner or later and many times wait , putting the actual act off until the pain is unbearable. That is why sometimes there is no suicide note, no plans made,,,,,,,because they do just pull the trigger, jump, or take that handfull of how ever many pills they can put in their mouths at that very moment.
That is why I say it is so ill informed to say that a suicide attempt that fails is only a cry for help and was not intended to be carried thru.
I know many people ( sad so many people I know who have tried this) who took a handful of pills.......( my Mom included so many times) , only to have someone break down a door,,,,,,,or find them in a secluded place,,,,,rushing them to the hospital and having their stomach pumped. Now the suicide in these cases was stopped,,,,,,,,,ONLY because someone eles intervened, by having the stomach pumped.
I also know a lady who shot herself in the head,,,,,,,,,,now I don't know if I would just be wanting to see how close I could get to killing myself by doing this, but I am sure by talking to her, that she wanted to end it. The bullet came just a hair from killing her,,,,,,,but she meant to do it and she was greatly desturbed that it failed.