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The Link Between Suicide and Guns: Impulsivity

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Although some suicide attempts are carefully planned, many are impulsive. Various studies of survivors of suicide have calculated that as many as two-thirds of those who reported suicidal behavior did not plan their attempt.58,59,60,61 Interviews with survivors of near-lethal suicide attempts revealed that a quarter made the attempt less than five minutes after making the decision. About half of those did so within 20 minutes, and three-quarters of suicide attempts occurred within an hour (Figure 6).62 In a separate study, survivor interviews found that many made their attempt within 24 hours of a crisis,63 particularly interpersonal crises64 and physical fights.65

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