What are some myths and facts about suicide?


I want to know about some common myths and facts about suicide. Its for a special homework I have in school.


  1. •°•°Twilight•°•°
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    Myth: Most suicide attempts are during the winter holiday season. Fact: Most suicide attempts occur in the spring-a time when some individuals feel that new life is beginning for everyone except them... Myth: Clinical depression is something that a person can just "snap out of." Fact: It is a serious health problem that affects the total person physically, emotionally, and biochemically. Myth: Depression is rare in young people. Fact: The rate of depression in this group may be as high as one in eight. Also, it is estimated that two-thirds of young people will not get the help they need. Myth: Suicide victims want to end their life. Fact: Suicide victims want to end the terrible pain they feel. Death can seem like the only way out. Myth: Talking about depression or suicide only makes things worse. Fact: Talking is the first step toward help. Myth: Telling an adult that a friend might be depressed is betraying a trust. Fact: True friends care enough about someone's well-being to get them help. Fact: Talking about suicide can be a plea for help and it can be a late sign in the progression towards a suicide attempt. Those who are most at risk will show other signs apart from talking about suicide Myth: A promise to keep a note unopened and unread should always be kept. Fact : Where the potential for harm, or actual harm, is disclosed then confidentiality cannot be maintained. A sealed note with the request for the note not to be opened is a very strong indicator that something is seriously amiss. A sealed note is a late sign in the progression towards suicide Myth: Attempted or completed suicides happen without warning. Fact : The survivors of a suicide often say that the intention was hidden from them. It is more likely that the intention was not recognised. Myth : If a person attempts suicide and survives, they will never make a further attempt Fact : A suicide attempt is regarded as an indicator of further attempts. It is likely that the level of danger will increase with each further suicide attempt. Myth : Once a person is intent on suicide, there is no way of stopping them. Fact : Suicides can be prevented. People can be helped. Suicidal crises can be relatively short-lived. Suicide is a permanent solution to what usually a temporary problem. Immediate practical help such as staying with the person, encouraging them to talk and helping them build plans for the future, can avert the intention to attempt or complete suicide. Such immediate help is valuable at a time of crisis, but appropriate counselling will then be required. Myth :People who threaten suicide are just seeking attention. Fact : All suicide attempts must be treated as though the person has the intent to die. Do not dismiss a suicide attempt as simply being an attention-gaining device. It is likely that the young person has tried to gain attention and, therefore, this attention is needed. The attention that they get may well save their lives. Myth : Talking about suicide or asking someone if they feel suicidal will encourage suicide attempts. Fact : Talking about suicide provides the opportunity for communication. Fear that are shared are more likely to diminish. The first step in encouraging a suicidal person to live comes from talking about feeling. That first step can be the simple inquiry about whether or not the person is intending to end their life. However, talking about suicide should be carefully managed. Myth : Suicide is hereditary. Fact : Although suicide can be over-represented in families, it is attempts. not genetically inherited. Members of families share the same emotional environment/ and the completed suicide of one family member may well raise the awareness of suicide as an option for other family members. Myth : Only certain types of people become suicidal. Fact : Everyone has the potential for suicide. The evidence is that predisposing conditions may lead to either attempted or completed suicides. It is unlikely that those who do not have the predisposing conditions (for example, depression, conduct disorder, substance abuse, feeling of rejection, rage, emotional pain and anger) will complete suicide. Myth : Myth Suicide is painless. Fact : Many suicide methods are very painful. Fictional portrayals of suicide do not usually include the reality of the pain Myth : Depression and self-destructive behaviour are rare in young people. Fact : Both forms of behaviour are common in adolescents. Depression may manifest itself in ways which are different from its manifestation in adults but it is prevalent in children and adolescents. Self-destructive behaviour is most likely to be shown for the first time in adolescence and its incidence is on the rise. Myth : All suicidal young people are depressed. Fact : While depression is a contributory factor in most suicides, it need not be present for suicide to be attempted or completed . Myth : Marked and sudden improvement in the mental state of an attempter following a suicidal crisis or depressive period signifies that the suicide risk is over. Fact : The opposite may be true. In the three months following an attempt, a young person is at most risk of completing suicide. The apparent lifting of the problems could mean the person has made a firm decision to suicide and feels better because this Myth : Once a young person is suicidal, they will be suicidal forever. Fact : Most young people who are considering suicide will only be that way for a limited period of their lives. Given proper assistance and support, they will probably recover and continue to lead meaningful and happy lives unhindered by suicidal concerns. Myth : Suicidal young people cannot help themselves. Fact : Whilst contemplating suicide, young people may have a distorted perception of their actual life situation and what solutions are appropriate for them to take. However, with support and constructive assistance from caring and informed people around them, young people can gain full self-direction and self-management in their lives. Myth : The only effective intervention for suicide comes from professional psychotherapists with extensive experience in the area. Fact : All people who interact with suicidal adolescents can help them by way of emotional support and encouragement. Psychotherapeutic interventions also rely heavily on family, and friends providing a network of support. Myth : Most suicidal young people never seek or ask for help with their problems. Fact : Evidence shows that they often tell their school peers of their thoughts and plans. Most suicidal adults visit a medical doctor during the three months prior to killing themselves. Adolescents are more likely to 'ask' for help through non-verbal gestures than to express their situation verbally to others. Myth : Suicidal young people are always angry when someone intervenes and they will resent that person afterwards. Fact : While it is common for young people to be defensive and resist help at first, these behaviours are often barriers imposed to test how much people care and are prepared to help. For most adolescents considering suicide, it is a relief to have someone genuinely care about them and to be able to share the emotional burden of their plight with another person. When questioned some time later, the vast majority express gratitude for the intervention. Myth : Break-ups in relationships happen so frequently, they do not cause suicide. Fact :Suicide can be precipitated by the loss of a relationship. Myth :Suicidal young people are insane or mentally ill. Fact : Although suicidal adolescents are likely to be extremely unhappy and may be classified as having a mood disorder, such as depression, most are not legally insane. However, there are small numbers of individuals whose mental state meets psychiatric criteria for mental illness and who need Psychiatric help. Myth : Most suicides occur in winter months when the weather is poor. Fact : Seasonal variation data are essentially based on adult suicides, with limited adolescent data available. However, it seems adolescent suicidal behaviour is most common during the spring and early summer months. Myth : Suicide is much more common in young people from higher (or lower) socioeconomic status (SES) areas. Fact : The causes of suicidal behaviour cut across SES boundaries. While the literature in the area is incomplete, there is no definitive link between SES and suicide. This does not preclude localised tendencies nor trends in a population during a certain period of time. Myth : Some people are always suicidal Fact : Nobody is suicidal at all times. The risk of suicide for any individual varies across time, as circumstances change. This is why it is important for regular assessments of the level of risk in individuals who are 'at risk'. Myth : Every death is preventable. Fact : No matter how well intentioned, alert and diligent people's efforts may be, there is no way of preventing all suicides from occurring. Myth : The main problem with preventive efforts is trying to implement strategies in an extremely grey area Fact : The problem is that we lack a complete understanding of youth suicide and know more about what is not known than what is fact. I hope this helps .♥
  2. Bada_Bing_Returns
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    Myth: It is romantic

    Fact: You never come back

  3. Kryptonian
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    Myth: It gets you the attention that you are so desperately seeking.

    Fact: It might kill you.

  4. Kitchen Sink
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    You’re so lame you rang the suicide helpline and they said “You’re doing the right thing!” …. Sorry that was a joke.

  5. Christopher
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    well i can think about a fact….ur dead

  6. Legandivori
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    Facts; The people who comit suicide have made peace with there is no other way out and atre at peace.

    They can snapped out of it often by getting them angry.

    They can gain perspective by stating what they are grateful for in lfe.

  7. Brian K
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    Myth: All people who commit suicides write a suicide letter.

    Fact: Only about 1/4 do.

  8. Ciao_Bella
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    Myths: you could go with a little theology on that one. Catholocism states that you go straight to hell. Some other religions believe you come back as something lesser (reincarnation) while others believe you sit in purgatory until judgement day.
    Some other myths on a non-religious level…is that there are always warning signs that someone exhibits prior to commiting their own demise. This is not so. Lots of suicides seemed to lead perfectly healthy and happy lives prior to offing themselves.
    You want some funny factual information regarding suicide and death…research the Darwin Awards. (Funny ways people “accidentally kill themselves”.

  9. Becky P
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    there’s a myth about a song that supposedly causes people to commit suicide. I don’t remember who it’s by or what it’s called.

  10. rmpjcr
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    Myth: More guys then girls try and kill themsleves.

    Fact: More males actually die from suicide because of the more lethal ways they may choose (gun..hanging) where girls actually attempt much more frequently but usually less percent die because of their attempted ways.

  11. Paulfius
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    Being in the Army, we have to take these classes all the time. Check this website out, it even has the whole “myth” “fact” thing going on.

  12. LittlePrincess
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    Myth: You go to hell. Suicide is the result of a mental illness and is not punishable by being sent to hell.

    Fact: It’s selfish; leaving all your loved ones behind. Forcing them to burden themselves with thoughts of how they let you down or why they couldn’t help you.

  13. Babyphat22
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    Myth: I hear that if you commit suicide that you wont go to heaven or hell, your soul just lingers and it remains lost because the Lord gave you life and you have no right to take it!!!

  14. katerbecker
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    myth: You are worthless

    fact: You will leave the most broken heart you can imagine in the lives of those who know you. How could the loss of someone worthless leave such a hole?

    myth: People don’t leave signs.

    fact: When you look back, there are always signs, although they aren’t always so obvious.

    myth: I cannot heal from such pain and suffering

    fact: Human beings are more adaptable and versatile than we think. There are people in other parts of the world whose daily lives are filled with more suffering than most of us will personally experience in a lifetime. Many people bravely endure adversity that most of us can only imagine, people whose families are slaughtered before their eyes and people who are falsely accused of crimes and tortured. Life is full of suffering for everyone and life is likewise full of healing for many.

  15. bluegoat114
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    teens have the highest rate of suicide (fact: elderly white males do)
    most people who talk about killing themselves won’t (fact: yes they do….it’s not a plea for attention)
    females committ suicide more than males (false: females attempt more, males are more successful, (use of pills vs. guns))
    most people who talk about suicide really want to kill themselves (false…they are asking for help)
    a person with deep depression is at risk for killing themselves (false, it’s when they start to appear better when the risk increases, when they have more energy, the time to worry about them)
    You can pull more myths/facts from:

  16. dragonflyheart
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    Myth: If someone says that they will commit suicide they won’t. It’s just a way of getting attention.

    Fact: Many people before successfully committing suicide will inform people that they feel suicidal.

  17. whajagonadu
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    The myth that people talk about suicide to get help, the myth that suicidal people always show signs of depression, the myth that only losers do it.

    Fact is suicide intentions by some people are never recognized or ever noticed by those closest to that person.

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