Myth #1

“ I want to kill myself”.  Someone who is talking about suicide is doing so to get attention. 

People talking about suicide are in pain and need help. Always take their threats seriously. This person does not want to die, they just want their pain to stop. 

 

 

Myth #2

Females attempt suicide more often than males.  Males tend to succeed in their attempts more often. Males use more lethal ways of completing suicide.

 

 

Myth #3

Suicide only strikes people of a certain race and gender.

 Suicide knows no boundaries. It can affect and strike anyone. 

 

 

Myth #4

 Talking about suicide plants the idea in the mind of the at-risk individual.

This statement is false. Previously talking about suicide was feared because people used to glamorize and sensationalize it. However with education and awareness individuals can now benefit from a program that addresses suicide. By openly talking about suicide it provides us with an opportunity to address the stigma that goes with suicide and correct any misinformation that people have about it. By doing this it provides us with the ability to enhance coping strategies to help individuals cope with their problems more effectively. 

 

 

Myth #5

Young people do not think or act on suicidal thoughts.  It's just part of adolescence.

Canada, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24 next to motor vehicle accidents. 

 

 

If someone wants to die by suicide there is nothing you can do to change their mind

FACT:

Those that want to die only want to end their pain. Suicide is preventable. Many are in such pain that they are reaching out for help. Take the opportunity to listen and then discuss your concerns with them. Give them direction on where to go for referral and treatment through the resource person in your school. 

 

MYTH

People who attempt suicide will not attempt suicide again.

FACT: Those that attempt suicide and survive often have a predisposition to attempting it again.