Suicide Myths And Facts
People who attempt suicide don’t want to die, they want the pain to end.
On the contrary, suicidal people are often ambivalent about living or dying. Someone may act impulsively by drinking pesticides, for instance, and die a few days later, even though they would have liked to live on. Access to emotional support at the right time can prevent suicide.
Suicide is rooted in stigma and shame (the cycle).
Suicide finds its roots in stigma and shame. The stigma arises because the person feels this matter is something that cannot be spoken about. This leads to a feeling of shame. Shame is rooted in silence and isolation. There is a sense of real desperation as the person tries to move away from isolation and psychological pain. They begin to move along a spectrum of self-harm, depression, addiction, eating disorder, and ultimately suicide. This cycle perpetuates, especially in traditional societies like India, as the shame about suicide in the family grows in other family members.
Talking about suicide will help someone stay safe.
Given the widespread stigma around suicide, most people who are contemplating suicide do not know who to speak to. Rather than encouraging suicidal behaviour, talking openly can give an individual other options or the time to rethink his/her decision, thereby preventing suicide.
Suicides are planned. They will let you know.
The majority of suicides have been preceded by warning signs, whether verbal or behavioral. Of course, there are some suicides that occur without warning. But it is important to understand what the warning signs are and look out for them.
Nobody is immune to thoughts about suicide.
It does not mean the person is suffering from a mental disorder
Suicidal behavior indicates deep unhappiness but not necessarily a mental disorder. Many people living with mental disorders are not affected by suicidal behavior, and not all people who take their own lives have a mental disorder.
Source – World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/mental_health/suicide-prevention/myths.pdf