Dangerous Myths About Suicide

If you have reason to believe that a friend or loved one might be contemplating suicide, you need to take him/her seriously, get professional help and get it now. Don't hesitate to act because you believe in one of the prevalent myths about suicide:

Myth: Those who talk about suicide don't really do it.
Nothing could be further from the truth. If they're talking about it, they're crying out for help. Take them seriously and get them the help they need.

Myth: Everyone who attempts suicide intends to die.
Almost 50 percent of suicide deaths are later determined to be accidental. The victim was attempting a desperate cry for help but simply miscalculated the amount of drugs, gas, etc. necessary. This is another reason why it's so important to intervene when someone is talking about it instead of attempting it.

Myth: Most suicide victims had prior attempts.
Don't wait until after a failed suicide attempt to seek professional help. Many take their own lives on the first attempt — whether intentionally or unintentionally.

Myth: People who have everything to live for don't do it.
There is no reality, only perception. You might view financial success, a loving spouse, or the presence of children as pieces of "the good life" or "things to live for" — which they very well may be. But a person suffering from mental or emotional illness, for example, will perceive the same situation very differently.