Myths about suicide

No one can prevent suicide?

Not true! Here are some myths and facts about suicide.

MYTH FACT
No one can prevent suicide. If people in distress receive help, most likely, they will not be suicidal anymore.
Only professionals can prevent suicide. Anyone can help prevent a tragedy; suicide prevention is a responsibility of each of us.
Talking about suicide will make someone who is considering it angry and it will increase the risk of suicide. Talking about suicide decreases feelings of anxiety, enables comunication, and lowers the risk for impulsive behaviour. Questioning someone about suicide will not make a person consider it, if they had not been thinking about it before.
People who are considering suicide don’t disclose their intentions. Most individuals communicate their intentions in different ways to their close ones in the week before the suicide attempt.
Individuals who say that they will suicide never do. It is dangerous if the threat of suicide is seen only as extortion and we don’t believe that the individual is seriously considering it and could actually do it. The majority of people, who died of suicide, somehow indicated their intention or even talk about it.
Suicide is a completely unexpected act. Although some actions seem unexpected and impulsive since they follow a severe event (a quarrel, loss of someone or something), usually the person has been previously thinking about it and the event was only a trigger factor. The majority of people are thinking about suicide long before the action itself, although these thoughts can be dropped and revived several times.
When an individual decides to suicide, nothing can stop them. Suicide is a type of death that can be prevented; any positive action can save a life.
If there is a sudden improvement of feelings in an individual after a long period of depression, they are no longer in danger. This statement is rarely true and can be very dangerous. Quite often, when people who are depressed, make a decision for suicide, the final decision (the date and method of suicide) is a temporary relief for them and they appear relaxed.This can be seen in sudden mood changes in an otherwise depressed and apathetic individual. This can also be seen in other forms of behaviour, such as writing a will (in otherwise physically healthy, young person) or giving away their personal items. With such behaviour it is necessary to ask what is happening and to seek help.

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