The Complexity of Suicide Motivation
The 174 individuals who wrote notes actively sought to express their thoughts, desires, or emotions. They wanted to leave instructions, apologies, and explanations. Those direct communications helped inform us as to what motivated them to take their own lives. There are very different characteristics among and between groups of people who kill themselves. Prevention and intervention must be tailored to fit the groups. We summarize our findings as they represent multiple and complex motivations, and offer a simplified template for understanding motivations and risk factors.
Diagrams help to visually depict the dynamics and characteristics of the groups who committed suicide.