Common misconceptions about suicide
Myth #1: Most people who threaten to commit suicide aren’t really serious about it.
Truth: Threats of suicide should always be taken seriously. Anyone who threatens to commit suicide has likely considered it or is considering it. Sometimes phrases said jokingly like “would you miss me if I was dead” is a way to communicate what they’ve been thinking and find out what you think (if you would be hurt if they were gone). Almost everyone who commits or attempts suicide has given some verbal clue.
Myth #2: People who try to kill themselves are crazy
Truth: Most suicidal people are actually dealing with a somewhat rational frame of mind given their circumstances. Many are dealing with emotional pain from major life crises or a physiological chemical imbalance. Long term, daily emotional pain can be debilitating. Sometimes people consider suicide as the only way they see to get relief.
Myth #3: If a person truly wants to commit suicide there is nothing anyone can do to stop them.
Truth: Taking your life is not an easy thing to do. No one wants to be in a situation to have to deal with this dilemma. Most often even if someone is very serious about committing suicide, they will likely have mixed feelings about death until the very last moment. Most suicidal people do not want to die. They feel it’s the only way to end their suffering.
Myth #4: Suicide is avoiding dealing with problems
Truth: Most people who attempt or successfully commit suicide try to get help many times. They seek help from professionals and close loved ones.
Myth #5: Suicidal people are selfish
Truth: People who attempt or commit suicide are not trying to hurt anyone. Often they take many actions to get help and put off suicide so they don’t hurt family and friends. When they don’t get the help they need and the pain becomes to great, they feel they have no choice.