Common Myths about Suicide

The World Health Organization estimates that one million people die each year from suicide. In Alabama alone, suicide is the third leading cause of death for ages 10-24. Every 3.5 days on an average a young person (ages 10-24) is lost to youth suicide. If you are concerned a loved one is contemplating suicide, what do you say? Knowing the facts about it can help you intervene and make a difference in someone’s life. There are several common myths about suicide to help you give your loved one the support they need.

  • Myth: People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.
    Fact: Almost everyone who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Don’t ignore them.
  • Myth: If someone is determined to kill themselves, nothing is going to stop them.
    Fact: Even a severely depressed person has mixed feelings about death. Rather than wanting death, they just want the pain to stop-and the impulse to end their life does not last forever.
  • Myth: People who die by suicide were unwilling to seek help.
    Fact: Many people try to get help before attempting suicide.
  • Myth: Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.
    Fact: You don’t give someone suicidal ideas by talking about suicide. Rather, the opposite is true. Talking openly and honestly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can help save their life.

If your loved one is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.