... The real question is why our society has made so little progress in dealing with the public health crisis of suicide. In fact, the suicide rate last year — 13.7 per 100,000 people — was nearly the same as the rate a century earlier.
...According to Matthew Nock, a professor of psychology at Harvard, the wide majority of people who die by suicide “explicitly deny suicidal thoughts or intentions in their last communications before dying.”
We all experience negative emotions and find different ways to cope – maybe by exercising or by listening to music. But some people deliberately inflict pain on themselves as a way of managing how they feel. Why?