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Table 2 Situation of suicide attempters at general hospitals in Hawassa city from Nov 2014–Aug 2015

From: Socio-demographic characteristics, clinical profile and prevalence of existing mental illness among suicide attempters attending emergency services at two hospitals in Hawassa city, South Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variable Number (%)
Methods of suicidal attempt
 Hanging 8 (8.3)
 Organophosphate poisoning 42 (43.8)
 Medication overdose 6 (6.2)
 Bleaching agent 37 (38.5)
 Others 3 (3.1)
Immediate reason for suicide
 Quarrel with the family 59 (61.5)
 Problem related with love affairs 6 (6.2)
 Quarrel with spouse 3 (3.1)
 Quarrel with friends 1 (1)
 Academic difficulties 4 (4.2)
 Financial crisis 6 (6.2)
 Unplanned and unwanted pregnancy 10 (10.4)
 Other (7.3)
Clinical status during arrivala
 Lethargic 11 (10.9)
 Comatose 11 (10.9)
 Alert 79 (78.2)
Hospital stay
 Sent home immediately 9 (9.6)
 Kept for ≤12 h 50 (52.1)
 Kept for more than 24 h 37 (38.5)
Impulsivity of suicide attempt
 Within 5 min of decision 30 (31.3)
 After 5 min of decision 66 (68.8)
Intention of suicidal attempt
 I made the attempt to kill myself and it was only luck that I did not succeed 32 (33.3)
 My attempt was a cry for help and I did not intend to die 64 (66.7)
Attitude towards being survive  
 Angry 9 (9.4)
 Glad 85 (88.5)
 Indifferent 2 (2.1)
Warning sign
 Yes 41 (42.7)
 No 55 (57.3)
Type of warning sign
 Hopelessness 33 (34.4)
 Threatening to hurt or kill self 4 (4.2)
 Looking for ways to kill self 3 (3.1)
 Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide 1 (1.0)
Recent(≤6 months) hospital visits
 Yes 76 (79.2)
 No 15 (15.6)
Reason for hospital visit
 Medical 76 (95.0)
 Psychiatric 4 (5.0)
Site of suicidal attempt
 Inside living room 84 (88.4)
 Inside washroom 2 (2.1)
 Backyard 1 (1.1)
 Field 4 (4.2)
 Forest 2 (2.1)
 Others 1 (1.1)
Support for suicide failure
 Parent 55 (57.3)
 Siblings 21 (21.9)
 Friends 13 (13.5)
 Close relative 1 (1.0)
 Neighbor 5 (5.2)
 Passer by 1 (1.0)
Psychiatry diagnosis
 Present 3 (3.1)
 Absent 93 (96.9)
  1. aThe percentage was calculating among 101 patients presenting to emergency OPD while the percentage of other variables were calculated among 96 study participants included in the study