SUICIDE MYTHS


Myth 

People who talk about suicide do not commit suicide.

Fact  

Most people who commit suicide have talked about or given definite warning signs of their suicidal intentions.


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.


Myth

Suicidal people are fully intent on dying. Nothing others do or say 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 of time. However, someone who has made an attempt is at increased risk for future attempts.


Myth

Improvement after a suicidal crisis means that the risk of suicide is over.

Fact 

Many suicides occur several months after the beginning of improvement, when a person has energy to act on suicidal thoughts.


Myth

Suicide strikes most often among the rich, or conversely, among the poor.

Fact

Suicide cuts across social and economic boundaries.