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Myths about Suicide

Myth: Talking about suicide is a bad idea and can be interpreted as encouragement
Truth: Given the stigma around suicide, most people who are contemplating suicide do not know who to speak to. Rather than encouraging suicidal behavior; talking openly can give an individual other options or the time to rethink their decision.

Myth: Only people with mental disorders are suicidal
Truth: Suicidal behavior indicates deep unhappiness but, not necessarily mental disorder. Many people living with mental disorders are not affected by suicidal behavior, and not all people who take their own lives have a mental disorder.

Myth: Most suicides happen suddenly, without warning.
Truth: The majority of suicides have been preceded by warning signs, whether verbal or behavioral. Of course there are some suicides that occur without warning. But, it is important to understand what the warning signs are and look out for them.

Myth: Someone who is suicidal is determined to die.
Truth: On the contrary, suicidal people are often ambivalent about living or dying. Someone may act impulsively by drinking pesticides, for instance, and die a few days later, even though they would have liked to live on. Access to emotional support at the right time can prevent suicide.

Myth: People who talk about suicide do not mean to do it.
Truth: People who talk about suicide may be reaching out for help or support.
A significant number of people contemplating suicide are experiencing anxiety, depression
and hopelessness and may feel that there is no other option.

*The word “truth” can be changed to “Fact” if that sounds better?

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