Table 5

Prevalence of suicidal thoughts/plans in those whose most recent episode of self-harm was associated with a desire to die, those who self-harmed with no desire to die, and those who have never self-harmed1
Never self-harmed (n = 3,905) N (%) Self-harmed did not want to die (n = 676) N (%) Self-harmed wanted to die (n = 229) N (%) Total N (%)
Has ever felt that life is not worth living 597 (15.4) 338 (50.6) 220 (96.1) 1,155 (24.2)
Has ever wished was dead 425 (10.9) 279 (41.3) 215 (93.9) 919 (18.9)
Has ever thought of killing self 304 (7.8) 254 (37.6) 207 (90.4) 765 (15.8)
Has ever made plans to kill self 29 (0.7) 59 (8.7) 121 (52.8) 209 (4.3)

Notes

1. χ2 tests showed a strong association (p < 0.001) across the three groups for all the measures. A comparison of those who had never self-harmed with just those who had self-harmed but not wanted to die also showed a strong association (p < 0.001) for all measures

Kidger et al.

Kidger et al. BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:69   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-12-69

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