Student Wellness Services



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.