5 Suicide Myths

Myths About Suicide

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5 Suicide Facts Everyone Should Know

A former crisis intervention counselor was asked about suicide. They said that the biggest part of understanding suicide is to be educated in the myths about suicide. As such, five such myths and their corresponding truths are presented here.

People Who Talk About Suicide Don’t Commit Suicide

According to the crisis counselor, the truth to these popular myths about suicide is that eight out of ten people that have talked about killing themselves actually end up doing it. That means about 80% of people that commit suicide have given warning signs prior to attempting to kill themselves.

Asking Someone About Suicidal Intentions Encourages Them to Complete Suicide

Our intervention specialist tells us that, in the case of these myths about suicide, the opposite is true. When you ask someone open, honestly, and directly about their suicidal intentions you will often times act as a deterrent to suicidal behavior as the person that is contemplating suicide now has an outlet to express any pent-up feelings that they have via an honest discussion about their problems.

Suicidal People Are Very Depressed

According to our specialist this is not always the case. Many times a person that is considering suicide will actually appear to be happier than they’ve been in years because they have decided to “solve” all their problems by killing themselves. Thus, most people that commit suicide don’t appear to be depressed any longer.

Most Rich, Wealthy, and Professional People Don’t Kill Themselves

This myth about suicide is very wrong. In fact, we are told that doctors, lawyers, dentists, pharmacists, and famous people actually have higher suicide rates than the average “normal” person. Apparently having or not having fame and wealth has nothing to do with suicide as both populations (the rich and poor) are proportionately represented in statistics.

Suicidal People Have Already Decided if They Want to Live or Die

This myth about suicide has been around for a very long time. Our expert tells us that many people that are thinking about killing themselves truly are undecided about living or dying. In fact, some people are merely “gambling with death,” in hopes that someone will notice and save them. The truth is, that almost nobody commits suicide without first letting others know they are planning or thinking about doing so.

It’s about a 25/25/50 split. 25% of people that talk about killing themselves merely want attention and will never do it. Another 25% are going to do it no matter what you say or tell them. It is the 50% though that is the most important population as they are the ones that are not decided and can be swayed one way or another by the action, reactions, and words of others.

Hopefully these myths about suicide have provided you with some good food for thought and have help to educate you more about suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide it is important to get professional help. Make a call to a suicide prevention or crisis intervention hot-line. A popular one that has a toll free number is the National Suicide Prevention Hot-line at

1-800-273-TALK.

That’s 1-800-273-8255.

Posted in Mind, Body, & Spirit.