Suicide methods

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A suicide method is any means by which a person completes suicide, purposely ending their life.wikipedia
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Suicide

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A suicide method is any means by which a person completes suicide, purposely ending their life. Suicide by cutting might involve exsanguination, infarction, septic shock from certain ruptures such as appendicitis, or drowning from a lung contusion.
The most commonly used method of suicide varies between countries, and is partly related to the availability of effective means.

Suicide prevention

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Some of the ways to prevent suicides include making methods less accessible such as removing guns from the home of an at risk person, policies that address the misuse of alcohol, and treatment of mental disorders.

Suicide by hanging

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Suicide by hanging was the most common method in traditional Chinese culture, as it was believed that the rage involved in such a death permitted the person's spirit to haunt and torment survivors.
Hanging is often considered to be a simple suicide method that does not require complicated techniques; however, a study of people who attempted suicide by hanging and lived suggests that this perception may not be accurate.

Suicide attempt

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Those considering a suicide attempt, or trying out the weapon to ascertain its effectiveness, may first make shallow cuts, referred to as hesitation wounds or tentative wounds in the literature.
Some suicide methods have higher rates of lethality than others.

Prayopavesa

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Starvation has been used by Hindu and Jain ascetics as a ritual method of penance (known as Prayopavesa and Santhara respectively) or as a method of speeding up one's own death, and Albigensians or Cathars also fasted after receiving the 'consolamentum' sacrament, in order to die while in a morally perfect state.
Prayopavesa (प्रायोपवेशनम्, literally resolving to die through fasting) is a practice in Hinduism that denotes the suicide by fasting of a person, who has no desire or ambition left, and no responsibilities remaining in life.

List of suicide sites

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There are also suicide sites.
The following is a list of current and historic sites frequently chosen to attempt suicide, usually by jumping.

Sati (practice)

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Self-immolation was also carried out as a ritual known as sati in certain parts of India, where a Hindu wife immolated herself in her dead husband's funeral pyre, either voluntarily or by coercion.

The Complete Manual of Suicide

However, ones such as The Complete Manual of Suicide state that they neither encourage nor discourage suicide.

Jim Jones

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For example, most of the people of Jonestown died when Jim Jones, the leader of a religious sect, organized a mass suicide by drinking a cocktail of diazepam and cyanide in 1978.

The Peaceful Pill Handbook

The Peaceful Pill Handbook suggests the still easy availability of solutions containing pentobarbital in Mexico, where they are available over-the-counter from veterinarians for animal euthanasia. A number of books have been written as aids in suicide, including Final Exit and The Peaceful Pill Handbook, the latter of which overlaps with euthanasia methods.

Thor Heyerdahl

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The explorer Thor Heyerdahl refused to eat or take medication for the last month of his life, after he was diagnosed with cancer.
After receiving the diagnosis he prepared for dying by refusing to eat or take medication.

Advocacy of suicide

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Suzy's Law would, in the US, ban sites that provide information on suicide methods or otherwise assist suicide.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

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Inert gases such as helium, nitrogen, and argon, or toxic gases such as carbon monoxide are commonly used in suicides by suffocation due to their ability to quickly render a person unconscious, and may cause death within minutes.
Documented cases of carbon monoxide being used as a method of suicide date to at least 100 BC in ancient Rome.

Final Exit

1991 book of the same namebook of the same nameFinal Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying
A number of books have been written as aids in suicide, including Final Exit and The Peaceful Pill Handbook, the latter of which overlaps with euthanasia methods.

Alcohol abuse

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Some of the ways to prevent suicides include making methods less accessible such as removing guns from the home of an at risk person, policies that address the misuse of alcohol, and treatment of mental disorders.

Mental disorder

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Some of the ways to prevent suicides include making methods less accessible such as removing guns from the home of an at risk person, policies that address the misuse of alcohol, and treatment of mental disorders.

Exsanguination

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Suicide by cutting might involve exsanguination, infarction, septic shock from certain ruptures such as appendicitis, or drowning from a lung contusion. Exsanguination involves reducing the volume and pressure of the blood to below critical levels by inducing massive blood loss.

Infarction

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Suicide by cutting might involve exsanguination, infarction, septic shock from certain ruptures such as appendicitis, or drowning from a lung contusion.

Septic shock

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Suicide by cutting might involve exsanguination, infarction, septic shock from certain ruptures such as appendicitis, or drowning from a lung contusion.

Appendicitis

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Suicide by cutting might involve exsanguination, infarction, septic shock from certain ruptures such as appendicitis, or drowning from a lung contusion.

Pulmonary contusion

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Suicide by cutting might involve exsanguination, infarction, septic shock from certain ruptures such as appendicitis, or drowning from a lung contusion.

Bleeding

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Exsanguination involves reducing the volume and pressure of the blood to below critical levels by inducing massive blood loss.

Artery

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It is usually the result of damage inflicted on arteries.

Internal carotid artery

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The carotid, radial, ulnar or femoral arteries may be targeted.

Radial artery

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The carotid, radial, ulnar or femoral arteries may be targeted.