Suicide: Myth vs. Facts
Myth: No one can stop a suicide, it is inevitable.
Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they will probably never be suicidal again.
Myth: Confronting a person about suicide will only make them angry and increase the risk of suicide.
Fact: Asking someone directly about suicidal intent lowers anxiety, opens up communication and lowers the risk of an impulsive act.
Myth: Only experts can prevent suicide.
Fact: Suicide prevention is everybody's business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.
Myth: Suicidal people keep their plans to themselves.
Fact: Most suicidal people communicate their intent sometime during the week preceding his or her intent.
Myth: Those who talk about suicide don't do it.
Fact: People who talk about suicide may try, or even complete, an act of self-destruction.
Myth: Once a person decides to complete suicide, there is nothing anyone can do to stop them.
Fact: Suicide is the most preventable kind of death, and almost any positive action may save a life.