Suicide is no joking matter and is an issue that is far too common in the world. Along with the act itself, comes misconceptions and myths about suicide and those who have or have considered committing suicide. To clear up some of the confusion and misconceptions here’s the truth behind some myths about suicide.
Myth 1 – Depression is always the cause of suicide?
This is a very common misconception as 90% of suicidal people suffer from mental illness, most common of which is depression. However there are many factors that can effect someone’s decision to commit suicide such as an underlying mental illness, a family history of suicide or abuse whether it be substance, physical or emotional abuse. Essentially suicide is cause by the feeling of being overwhelmed by ones current situation and whatever factors lead to that such as grief, remorse, etc.
Myth 2 – Males are at greater risk of depression and suicide?
This myth is a bit more complicated than the last one. Statistics show that women are 3 times more likely to attempt or think about committing suicide. On the other hand roughly 3 times as many men die from suicide than women.
Myth 3 – Poor countries have a higher suicide rate?
Suicide affects a very wide variety of countries around the world because it is very much an issue that affects individuals and not nations. Because the causes of suicide vary so much you cannot point to one specific place and say that suicide is more likely there.
Myth 4 – Suicide can trigger “copy-cat” attempts?
Generally speaking suicide can trigger copy-cat attempts, this can be caused by widely publicised suicide and the following increase on suicides after a widely publicized suicide is known as the Werther effect.
Suicide causes 9% of teen deaths and is a very serious issue. It is important to remember that there are always other options, there are always people you can talk to whether it be friends, family or a professional, no one benefits when someone commits suicide.
If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts please contact the suicide prevention hotline at 0800 21 22 23. You are not alone and never have to be.