|1. People who talk about
suicide rarely actually
People who commit suicide often give a clue or warning of their
intentions. Anyone who thinks or talks about suicide should seek
|2. The suicidal person wants to
die and feels there
is no turning back.
Suicidal persons often feel ambivalent about dying.
|3. There is little correlation
between alcohol and
Alcohol and suicide often go hand in hand; that is, a person who
commits suicide is often under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
|4. A suicide attempt means that
the attempter will
always have thoughts of suicide.
Often a suicide attempt is made during a particularly stressful period.
If the remainder of that period can be well managed, then the attempter
can go on with
|5. If you ask a person
directly, "Do you feel like
killing yourself?" this will lead to a suicide attempt.
Asking a person directly about suicidal intent will often relieve the
anxiety surrounding the feeling and act as a deterrent to the suicidal
|6. Suicide is more common among
Suicide affects the rich, the poor and the middle class equally.
|7. Self destructive behavior is
just a bid for
All self-destructive behavior is serious and can be lethal. Anyone who
behaves self-destructively would benefit from professional help.
|8. Improvement following a
suicidal crisis means
that the suicidal risk is over.
When a suicidal person begins to feel better, he or she will still be
confronted with problems and responsibilities. This can be very
difficult and can lead to a
return of suicidal thoughts. It may take months to feel consistently
better and in control.