1. Myth: Only crazy people commit suicide.
FACT: Although most suicidal people are very unhappy, most suicidal acts are committed by people that aren’t characterized as psychotic. Thus, they are generally rational and in tough with reality. 75% of those who commit suicide are, however, clinically depressed.
2. Myth: People who talk about or threaten suicide don’t do it.
FACT: A large percentage of people who threaten suicide carry out their threats. Take all threats seriously.
3. Myth: People who really want to die will find a way; it won’t help to try and stop them.
FACT: Most suicidal people are highly ambivalent (unsure) about suicide. They are torn between a desire to live and a desire to die.
4. Myth: One should not try to discuss suicide with depressed people. It might give them the idea or upset them enough to “push them over the edge.” The best thing to do is ignore it.
FACT: Suicidal people are commonly greatly relieved to be able to talk about it.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and it costs 51 billion Dollars annually. Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women. OCML and AFSP are joining together this week to bring into light some of the facts and statistics about suicide and also lead into the weekend with a benefit show for this cause. We hope you learn a little bit more about this topic and see you at the benefit show this weekend with a friend or a loved one.