Myths About Suicide Debunked
The suicide rate in the UK was 11.2 deaths in 100,000 population in 2018.  Even though suicide rates remain high, it’s still a taboo topic that isn’t well-understood by the general public. In this blog, we’ll debunk the most popular suicide myths.
1. People who are suicidal are just attention-seeking
Very often talking about suicide or attempting to take your own life is a cry for help. Many people who feel suicidal don’t necessarily want to end their life but it doesn’t mean that they just want to create drama; they’re feeling hopeless enough to consider suicide which means that giving them attention and the help they need can save their lives.
2. You should avoid talking about suicide with someone who feels suicidal
A lot of people worry that raising a subject with someone who is suicidal might make things worse and encourage them to act on their thoughts. However, feeling suicidal can be extremely isolating and giving someone the permission to talk about what they’re going through can make them feel more understood and bring them a sense of relief.
3. Suicide is a rash decision
While some people might resort to self-destructive behaviours on an impulse without having previously shown any warning signs, most show what they intend to do through their words or actions. For example, they might use phrases such as, ‘I can’t do this anymore’ or ‘Nothing makes sense’ and exhibit a shift in their behaviour and mood; for example, they might abuse alcohol, withdraw socially or become more irritable.
4. People who appear to have great lives aren’t at risk of suicide
It’s often people who appear to have it all that struggle the most inside. Even though someone might seem to be doing well and look happy on social media, it’s important not to ignore the warning signs.
5. Once someone is considering suicide, there’s nothing you can do
People who consider suicide don’t always want to die and their feelings might be temporary, which is why it’s important to get them the help they need as soon as possible. Even having a friendly conversation that allows them to open up might make a huge difference as studies show that social support the decreases the likelihood of a suicide attempt. 
6. Suicide is selfish
To someone who never contemplated suicide making a decision to end your life might appear selfish, however, in reality people who end their lives want to end the pain and see it as the only way out.
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. At My Family Psychologist, we can offer you a compassionate talk and find the right therapy for your needs