Myths & 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 their attempt.


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.

Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc.
Owensboro, Kentucky

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