Suicide Myths – #2 – Talking About It

Myth – People Who Are Talking About Suicide Never Commit It

Fact:

Those who are talking about it may well be on their way of actually committing suicide.

In 2004 after my grandmother died I entered the darkest and deepest depression that I have ever known. I just couldn’t cope, I started fixating on suicide. After a month or so I started to give away the frozen foods in my freezer. Also, was thinking about who I could give some of my other household items, such as; television, stereo, computer, etc., It took awhile for my best friend to realize what was happening. I remember standing in my living room with both of us having tears streaming down our faces. I am not sure how long we stood there before I relented and admitted that I needed help. I found that help in the Mental Health Ward of the hospital.

I wonder how many people who were talking about it that didn’t have a friend to talk them out of committing the act of suicide. Did that friend shrug it off believing the myth that they wouldn’t follow through with it?

How did the family and friends feel as they walked by the casket of the person who talked about suicide and then followed through? Do they wish that they should have intervene to get them somewhere to receive help?

On the NV state suicide prevention has this list to help you if someone you know is talking about taking their own life.

  • Encourage him/her to talk further and help them to find appropriate counseling assistance.
  • Ask if the person are thinking about making a suicide attempt.
  • Ask if the person has a plan.
  • Think about the completeness of the plan and how dangerous it is. Do not trivialize plans that seem less complete or less dangerous. All suicidal intentions are serious and must be acknowledged as such.
  • Encourage the young person to develop a personal safety plan. This can include time spent with others, check-in points with significant adults/ plans for the future.

So dear reader never assume that a person who is talking about suicide won’t commit suicide! Encourage them to seek professional help!

4 thoughts on “Suicide Myths – #2 – Talking About It

  1. Professional help is the key here. A best friend or trusted confidant is important but being that person is hard. Hard on the relationship, hard on their own mental health as well. If you’re the person people go to for help you need to be strong! Offer to go seek help together if need be so that your dear friend doesn’t feel abandoned, neglected, unloved and alone even more so!
    There’s no part of this situation that is easy.

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