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Table 6 Suicide attempt-related characteristics of patients with mental disorders visiting psychiatry outpatient unit in Mekelle town, psychiatric clinics, Northern Ethiopia, 2019 (n = 98, control = 24, and case = 74)

From: Determinants of suicidal ideation among patients with mental disorders visiting psychiatry outpatient unit in Mekelle town, psychiatric clinics, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia: a case–control study

VariableCategoryControl (n = 24)Case (n = 74)
Ideas of intentionI hate to live0(0.0)4(16.7)
Felt hang1(50.0)6(25.0)
OthersM11(50.0)14(58.3)
Methods intended to attempt suicideHanging1(50.0)6(35.3)
OthersM21(50.0)11(64.7)
Methods of previous suicide attemptedHanging4(20.0)20(35.7)
Poisoning11(55.0)12(21.4)
OthersM35(25.0)24(42.9)
Number of suicide attempts1 time17(85.0)25(44.6)
2 times1(5.0)14(25.0)
≥ 3 times2(10.0)17(30.4)
Place of attemptHome16(80.0)34(60.7)
River and forest3(15.0)11(19.6)
OthersP1(5.0)11(19.6)
Feeling after attemptFelt angry1(5.0)13(23.2)
Felt guilty16(80.0)28(50.0)
Indifferent/felt nothing3(15.0)15(26.8)
Aborted suicidal attemptFamily13(65.0)29(51.8)
Friends1(5.0)8(14.3)
God1(5.0)7(12.5)
OthersA5(25.0)12(21.4)
  1. OthersM1 include felt poison, fall from a hill, drown, and availability of lethal methods during that time
  2. OthersM2 include falling from a hill, drowning, burning parts of body and poisoning
  3. OthersM3 include by traffic accident intentionally and hanging, hanging and poisoning, burning parts of the body by naphtha and hanging, falling from palace and hill
  4. OthersP includes at school, at the workplace, at hill and palace, at both home and river, at both home and field
  5. OthersA includes health professionals, someone who travels, harvest near, myself, neighbors, and rope cut