Suicide Myths and Facts

MYTH: Suicide happens without warning.
FACT: There are almost always warning signs, but others are often unaware of the significance of the warnings or unsure about what to do.

Click here for a few warning signs.

MYTH: Suicidal people are fully intent on dying. Nothing others say or do can help.
FACT: Suicide is preventable. Most suicidal people desperately want to live; they are just unable to see alternatives to their problems.

MYTH: Once someone is suicidal, they are suicidal forever.
FACT: Most suicidal people are suicidal for only limited periods. However, someone who has made an attempt is at increased risk for future attempts.

MYTH: Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.
FACT: You don’t give a suicidal person morbid ideas by talking about suicide. The opposite is true – bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do.