gratteciel wrote:When someone asks you "how suicidal" you are, do you guys have trouble answering? I mean, I know there's passively suicidal (thinking about it, wanting it, but won't act on those thoughts and desires) and actively suicidal (planning, acting on it, etc.).
This is an interesting question b/c somewhere there has to be an 'official' chart in regards to this. Lacking this the way I see it there are five levels;
0. Not Suicidal
1. Suicidal Ideation - You think about suicide, but do not act on these thoughts.
2. Suicidal Planning - You actually plan on how you will take your life. This could include purchasing whatever tools you would need.
3. Suicidal Gestures - You engage in highly risky behavior that could end your life, but most likely won't. This would include overdoses in cases where you were unsure if the pills you were taking would lead to death and serious wrist cutting. IMO these are more of a cry for help than a suicide attempt.
4. Suicide Attempts - You fully and completely believed you would succeed in taking your life.
If I'm asked I respond as being at one of these stages. I'm usually 0 or 1 but I made it to 3 once.
I don't feel my cutting is an indicator of my suicide risk. If I take my life by cutting it would most likely be by accident. If anything I think cutting reduces my risk because it has a calming effect on me.
Also saw this online. There wasn't much backing it up though:
Five Levels of Suicidal Behavior 1. Suicidal ideation 2. Suicide threats 3. Suicide gestures 4. Suicide attempts 5. Completed or successful suicides