Chapter 4

Escape as a Motivation for Suicide


In this chapter we discuss the desire to escape from pain, which represents the largest motivating factor in our sample. For some, that escape was from actual physical or psychological pain. For others, the escape was related to circumstances which they believed were too difficult to overcome. Of 936 people, 658 (70%) were escaping from pain. The source of the pain was psychological (32%), physical (18%), legal (8%), financial (3%), or a combination of many of these things (39%). When cases were sorted into these groups, clear patterns emerged. We discuss our findings related to these categories.


Escape; pain; illness; depression; financial; legal

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