Every year, 864,950 people attempt suicide, which means 1 person attempts suicide every 38 seconds.This suggests someone is staring at a clock and waiting for the 38-second mark so they can attempt suicide. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and bet not.
I understand it's an average of the number attempts in a year, down to the minute and second. But still I hate it. It's misleading. I suspect more suicides happen at certain times of the day as compared to others. Evenings, for example, as compared to mid-morning. In other words, there may be a whole hour of the day in which no one attempts to commit suicide. So it's not every 38 seconds.