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A lot of myths surround suicide and depression. Often, people believe they are helpless to a person who is suicidal, or that talking about it may nudge the person in the wrong direction. These myths are not true. Educate yourself about these myths and share the truths with others. You may help save a life.

MYTH:

Those who talk about suicide don’t do it.

FACT:

Most of the people who either attempted or completed suicide have made their intentions known ahead of time by either talking about it or by giving other clues. Talk of suicide should not be ignored or readily dismissed.

MYTH:

If a person is really intent on killing themselves, there is nothing anybody can do to stop them.

FACT:

Even the most severely depressed person has mixed feelings or are ambivalent about dying and most likely just want to end the pain they are in, not their lives. Often times, if a person in crisis gets the professional help they need, they will never be suicidal again. Suicide can be prevented in most cases and any act of kindness has the potential to save a life.

MYTH:

If you talk about suicide or ask someone if they are having thoughts about suicide, you will give people the idea to kill themselves.

FACT:

Chances are, if you are worried about someone and you have noticed the warning signs and risk factors, they’ve probably thought about suicide themselves. Asking somebody directly about suicidal thoughts often brings a sense of relief to the person in crisis and helps them to live, not give them ideas to die.

MYTH:

Only experts or professionals can prevent suicide.

FACT:

Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Prevent Suicide PA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Since the 1980/90’s, Pennsylvania has made strong efforts to prevent suicide through various programs and non-profits throughout the Commonwealth. A work group was formed and began to meet in July 2005. This prevention plan is a collaborative effort between those dedicated individuals from both the public and private sectors of our state.

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