Myths of Suicide

According to the American Association of Suicidology, there are common myths associated with suicide. While understanding that these are just myths, together, we can work towards suicide prevention.

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Myth #1: Suicidal teens overreact to life events.

Problems that may not seem like a big deal to one person, particulary adults, may be causing a great deal of distress for the suicidal teen (or person). We have to remember that perceived crises are just as concerning and predictive suicidal behavior as actual crises.

Myth #2: Suicide is an act of aggression, anger, or revenge.

Most people who kill themselves do so because they feel they do not belong or are a burden on others. They think that their death will free their loves ones from this burden. Many suicides occur in ways and in places that the person hopes will ease the shock and grief of those they left behind.

Myth #3: Suicides happen without warning.

Most teens who attempt or die by suicide have communicated their distress or plans to at least one other person. These communications are not always direct, so it is important to know some of they key warning signs of suicide.

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