5 Myths & 5 Facts About #Suicide

Actor and comedian #RobinWilliams was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide in his Tiburon, CA home just north of San Francisco. Williams was said to have been dealing with substance abuse and depression. This is very sad news and Williams becomes one the thousands of individuals who complete a suicide each year in the USA. 39,518 died by #suicide according to the most recent statistic (2011) available from the American Suicidology Association. My condolences to his family and friends.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

5 Myths and 5 Facts about suicide

Myth 1 about suicide:

People who talk about suicide won’t actually do it and are just seeking attention.

Fact 1 about suicide:

People who talk about suicide often attempt suicide. Many people contemplating suicide actually share with others their thoughts about completing suicide and are in great emotional pain. This is your opportunity to help the person to get professional help.

Myth 2 about suicide:

If you suspect someone might be suicidal and you ask them about it you will plant the idea in their minds.

Fact 2 about suicide:

You cannot plant an idea that is already in someone’s mind. Suicide is a complex issue and asking someone if she or he is thinking about suicide gives the person an opportunity to talk with you about their current emotional crisis.

Myth 3 about suicide:

Teenagers and college students are at the highest risk for suicide.

Fact 3 about suicide:

Suicide affects all groups including young children. However, suicide is most prevalent among females and males between ages 45 to 64. The one group with the highest suicide rate is white males over age 65.

Myth 4 about suicide:

#Counseling and/or medications do not work

Fact 4 about suicide:

Getting appropriate professional mental health help is crucial to the prevention of suicide. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors very often occur in individuals who are experiencing significant mental health problems such as #depression, #substanceabuse, #schizophrenia and #bipolardisorder but is not limited to these issues. #Counseling and medications are very effective tools that help individuals manage distress and learn effective coping skills.

Myth 5 about suicide:

The suicide rate goes up during the Christmas season.

Fact 5 about suicide:

The suicide rate does not increase during the Christmas season. In fact, suicide rates tend to be the lowest during the month of December.

What can you do if someone shares that she or he is suicidal?

1. Acknowledge the person’s emotional pain.

2. Make the environment safer by removing access to items such as guns, pills etc.

3. Get professional help.

Resource

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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