Debunking the Myths of Suicide

Suicide prevention has numerous myths attached to it so by knowing what is myth and what is fact could save someone’s life. Suicide is a serious issue, for both the person contemplating it and for their friends and loved ones who are trying to prevent it and will have to live with the consequences throughout their own lives. Education is the key to separating fact from fiction and listed below are a few myths surrounding suicide. If you have a friend or loved one who has mentioned suicide or you believe is considering it you can do something about it. Just remember the quicker you act the better chance that you have to save a life.

Myths

1Myth 1: People who don’t talk about it don’t complete suicide
Reality: Not everyone who completes suicide talks about it or opens up about their feelings. Sometimes their silence is a cry for help, and they need someone to come to them and ask how they are feeling. Many people want someone to care, and asking how they feel could be the first step to pulling them away from suicide.
2Myth 2: People who want to kill themselves can’t be stopped in doing so
Reality: People who want to complete suicide at some point did not want to. With the right professional help and support, people can lead happy, healthy lives.
3Myth 3: People who try to kill themselves are crazy or delusional
Reality: Many people who try to complete are perfectly normal-functioning, everyday people, who may have thoughts of suicide and act upon these thoughts for one reason or another.
4Myth 4: Only white females complete suicide
Reality: Suicide doesn’t discriminate against race, ethnicity, social status, or gender. While suicide rates may be higher in some demographics, there is not a 0% rate in any demographic. Anyone can complete suicide.
5Myth 5: Suicide is a cry for attention
Reality: Suicidal attempts are a cry for HELP, not attention. People who try to complete suicide need help and care, not pity or unwanted negative attention.