A Few More Myths About Suicide

Myth :
People who talk about suicide don't commit suicide.

Eight out of 10 people who have killed themselves have verbalized their intent beforehand.

Myth :
Only certain types of people commit suicide.

All types of people commit suicide-male and female, young and old, rich and poor, country people and city people. It happens in every racial, ethnic and religious group.

Myth :
When a suicidal person begins to feel better, the danger is over.

Most suicides occur within 90 days following improvement in the person's mental-emotional status.

Myth :
People who attempt suicide are merely looking for attention.

People who threaten or attempt suicide are really reaching out for help. Calling this manipulative in no way diminishes the potential lethality of their actions.


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Recommended Reading

Capuzzi, Dave and Golden, Larry. Preventing
Suicide. Muncie , IN.: Accelerated Development, 1988.

Dunne, Edward, McIntosh, John and Dunne- Maxim, Karen. (Eds.). Suicide and Its Aftermath: Understanding and Counseling the Survivors. New York : W.W. Norton, 1987.

Linzer, Norman. Suicide: The Will To Live Vs.
The Will To Die. New York : Human Science Press, 1984.

Lipschitz, A. College suicide: A review monograph. New York : American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 1990.

Lord, Janice Harris. No Time For Good-byes:
Coping with Sorrow, Anger and Injustice After a Tragic Death. Ventura , Ca.: Path- finder Publishing, 1988.

Rosenthal, Howard. Not With My Life I Don't: Preventing Your Suicide and That of Others. Muncie , IN.: Accelerated Development, 1988.

Schwartz AJ and Whitaker LC. Suicide among college students: Assessment, treatment and intervention. In SJ Blumenthal & DJ Kupfer (Eds) Suicide over the life cycle: Risk factors, assessment, and treatment of suicidal patients. (pp. 303-340). Washington DC : American Psychiatric Press, 1990.

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