Physiology & Medicine / Re: What would happend if you drove a knife trough the part below your neck?« on: Yesterday at 10:14:47 »
Probably a combination of a lack of anatomical knowledge coupled with an aversion to sticking things into oneself deters most people from trying to kill themselves this way. People aiming to commit suicide "like" the idea of dying (more than they like the idea of being alive) but that doesn't mean that they like the process. As a result, approaches that are very fast with little margin for error or reversing the process tend to be preferred: jumping from a height, medications, hanging and so on.At least in the US, there are somewhere between 10:1 and 30:1 suicide attempts vs successful suicides, with men choosing more lethal guns more frequently than women, and women tending to choose drugs frequently with less lethal results.
It may well be that some of the attempts are actually cries for help, without consideration of the most lethal method, at least for those that are unsuccessful.
I presume a portion of the choice of methods is what the individual considers least painful. So, taking drugs and "going to sleep". Slitting one's wrist may seem to be less painful than trying to cut one's face and neck.
Even a choice of shooting vs cutting may be a choice of what may seem quick, easy, and with the least pain. Perhaps jumping falls into the same category.
Of course, with the use of guns, people do typically aim for the head, and sometimes miss.
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