In the US, the NIMH reports there are 11 nonfatal suicide attempts for every suicide death.The American Association of Suicidology reports higher numbers, stating that there are 25 suicide attempts for every suicide completion. By these numbers, approximately 92-96% of suicide attempts end in survival. In contrast to suicide mortality, rates of nonfatal self-injury are consistently higher among females
Historically in the Christian church, people who attempted suicide were excommunicated. Suicide and attempted suicide, while previously criminally punishable, is no longer in most Western countries. It remains a criminal offense in most Islamic countries. In the late 19th century in Great Britain, attempted suicide was deemed to be equivalent to attempted murder and could be punished by hanging. In the United States, suicide is not illegal but may be associated with penalties for those who attempt it.However, no country in Europe currently considers attempted suicide to be a crime.