More Stuff - Myths and Facts

Myth: Male teens are more at risk of suicide than female teens.

Fact: Among teens aged 15-19,three times as many males die by suicide. Females are more likely to be hospitalized for suicide attempts. One reason - males tend to use more deadly methods.

Myth: Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.

Fact: Talking or asking about suicide doesn't create or increase risk. Having open and honest conversation - where youth can express their feelings and release their emotions - is key, in preventing the immediate risk of suicide. By voicing their thoughts about suicide, they may realize that their life is at risk and see the need for help. The most important thing you can do is actively listen without judgment.

Myth: People who talk about suicide won't really do it.

Fact: Youth who talk about dying by suicide or make an attempt do not necessarily want to die. Most times, they are reaching out for help. Sometimes a suicide attempt becomes the turning point in a person's life if there is enough support to help him/her make necessary changes.

Myth: A person who threatens or attempts suicide is only looking for attention.

Fact: Suicidal thoughts or actions demonstrate a high degree of emotional pain. Ignoring them can be dangerous. If a youth you know is feeling desperate enough to die by suicide, you may be able to help him/her find a better way to cope.

Myth: Those who attempted suicide in the past won't try it again.

Fact: Four out of five people who've died by suicide have made at least one previous attempt.