Common Misunderstandings about Suicide.

Sometimes it's hard to understand why someone would think that suicide is their only option and understand what is going through their head and how they got to this 'dark' place.

Here are a few common misunderstandings.........

People who talk about Suicide won't really do it
FALSE - Almost everyone who takes there own life has given some clue or warning. Never ignore suicide threats. Take people's suicidal thoughts and feelings very seriously and help them find effective help.

Anyone who tries to end their life is 'crazy'
FALSE - Most suicidal people are likely to be extremely distressed, despairing, depressed, grief stricken or emotional pain - and are not 'crazy'.

If a person is determined to take their own life it is because they want to die.
FALSE - Even the most determined person has mixed feelings about death, moving back and forth between wanting to die and wanting to live. Above all, most people want their pain to stop. With help, a person can be supported back towards wanting to live.

Talking about suicide might give someone that idea.
FALSE -
Studies prove that bringing up the issue of suicide with a suicidal person and talking openly about it is one of the most helpful things you can do. When someone talks about suicide it is a cry for help and not a wish to die. Help must be given. Talking together about what the person is feeling lets them know you care and that you want to support them.

People who think about suicide are just being selfish.
FALSE -
At times it might feel like the person is being selfish, but mostly thare so overwhelmed by their emotional distress that their ability to manage things is not what it usually is. What they really need is help to come back into balance again.

Thanks to
Skylight for providing this information.

More information about suicide risk can be found at......
www.spinz.org.nz
www.headspace.org.nz
www.chmeds.ac.nz/research/suicide/help.htm
www.nzgg.org.nz