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Myths About Suicide

MYTHS ABOUT SUICIDE                      myths

Many myths have developed about suicide and those who engage in suicidal behaviors.

The following are the most “common myths” and are “NOT TRUE”

PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT SUICIDE USUALLY DON’T GO THROUGH WITH IT.
> FALSE.    Many people who die by suicide have given definite warnings to family and friends of their intentions. Always take any comment about suicide seriously.

SUICIDAL PEOPLE ARE FULLY INTENT ON DYING.
> FALSE.  Most suicidal people are undecided about living or dying. While a part of them wants to live, death seems like the only way out of their pain and suffering. They sometimes gamble with death, leaving it up to others to save them.

SOMETIMES A BAD EVENT CAN PUSH A PERSON TO COMPLETE SUICIDE.
> FALSE.   Bad events can push depression forward, but most suicide results are from serious psychiatric disorders rather than from any single event.

THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE IS RARE.
>  FALSE.  Most all people have thought of suicide as a viable movement to stop un-ending, and unbearable pain.

EVERYONE WHO DIES BY SUICIDE IS DEPRESSED.
>  FALSE.  Not all completed suicides are by depressed people.  Persons in tragic
circumstances, painful societal events, and debilitating health conditions, will sometimes complete suicide.

YOU HAVE TO BE “CRAZY” TO DIE BY SUICIDE.
> FALSE.  Mental illness, though a strong factor in suicide ideation, is not always the only or the exact condition and nature for a person’s suicidal ending.

YOU CAN’T STOP SOMEONE WHO REALLY WANTS TO DIE BY SUICIDE.
> FALSE.  Every hour hundreds of suicidal persons are brought back to a safe mental health level through intervention by professionals, family, friends and peers.

MOST PEOPLE WHO ATTEMPT SUICIDE HAVE GOTTEN IT OUT OF THEIR SYSTEMS AND WON’T TRY IT AGAIN.
> FALSE.   Many suicidal persons have a history of multiple attempts. Talking to someone about suicide will not put a new idea into his or her head. In fact most intervention and prevention is successful with frank and honest discussions.