Self-injury is the 8th leading cause of death in the US
from JAMA Psychiatry
Establishing a person's intention to die has been a central element separating suicides from fatal self-injurious acts that are labeled "accidents" or "unintentional" deaths. Researchers argue that this is a false dichotomy that masks the overall magnitude of fatalities arising from deliberate, self-destructive behaviors. In so doing, it mutes the urgency for demanding effective preventive interventions and is particularly problematic as the nation experiences a persisting and growing epidemic of opioid and other drug-poisoning deaths.
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