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Myths and preconceptions about suicide

     
False People who talk about suicide don't commit suicide.
 
True Eight of every ten people who committed suicide have given clear warnings about their intentions to those around them.
     
     
False Suicide happens without warning.
 
True People who commit suicide give clues and warnings about their intentions.
 
     
False Suicidal people are fully intent on dying.
 
True people who commit suicide are undecided about living and dying. Sometimes they "gamble with death" as a way of seeking help from others.
     
     
False Once a person is suicidal, he/she will always be suicidal.
 
True Individuals who want to commit suicide are suicidal only for a limited period of time, although the suicidal impulse can recur.
 
     
False Improvement after a suicidal crisis means that the risk of suicide is over.
 
True Most suicides happen within the three months following the beginning of improvement, when the individual has enough energy to act on his/her ideas.
     
     
False Suicide is more common among the rich; or, conversely, it is almost exclusively the poor who commit suicide.
 
True The proportion of people who commit or attempt suicide is the same at all levels of society.
 
     
False " Suicide runs in families."
 
True Suicide is not just the result of a genetic predisposition; individual and environmental factors also play a role.
     
     
False All suicidal individuals are mentally ill.
 
True Although suicidal individuals are extremely unhappy, this does not necessarily mean they are mentally unbalanced.
 
     
Suicidal signs.Myths and facts