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Table 3 Study 2 - Motivations associated with the non-fatal self-poisoning act – findings from the cross-sectional survey (n = 921)

From: Non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri Lanka: associated triggers and motivations

Motivations associated with act % (n) of participants
To die 53.3 (506)
To escape unbearable thoughts 36.5 (346)
Unable to control himself/herself 32.5 (308)
To escape an unbearable situation 23.4 (222)
To change someone’s mind 14.5 (138)
To make someone sorry 7.4 (70)
Shame - felt unable to face others 6.1 (58)
To show how much I care 2.4 (23)
To show helplessness 1.6 (15)
To find out if anybody cares 1.5 (15)
To sleep for a while 1.4 (13)
To stop being a trouble to others 1.3 (12)
To get help 0.6 (6)
To get revenge 0.6 (6)