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Addressing Common Misconceptions About Suicide
Suicide Myths & Misconceptions Self-Quiz
What Do You Think About The Most Common Beliefs?
Common Misconceptions About Suicide
"People who talk about suicide won't really do it."
NOT TRUE The majority of people who attempt suicide do or say something to express their intention before they act. Do not ignore threats or statements like, "I wish I was dead" or "You'll be sorry when I'm gone," no matter how casually they may be stated.
"Anyone who tries to kill him or herself must be crazy."
NOT TRUE Most people have reasons for their suicidal feelings. They may be upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing, but are not necessarily suffering from mental illness.
"If a person is determined to kill him or herself nothing is going to stop them."
NOT TRUE Even the most severely depressed person has ambivalent feelings about suicide. Most suicidal people do not want to die, they just want their pain to end. Most depressions, with time, will alleviate and the suicidal impulses will, ultimately, dissipate.
"Talking about suicide may give someone the idea."
NOT TRUE You don't create self-destructive feelings in another person. Talking with someone about his or her suicidal feelings may lead to a discussion of upsetting or painful thoughts that were already there but hidden beneath the surface. Openly addressing the subject shows a willingness to help and is the first step towards intervention.
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