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amba228's picture Ann M. Bassoni, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist
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(859) 257-9433
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ann.bassoni@uky.edu

Suicide is a large and growing public health problem. In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. It was responsible for more than 47,000 deaths in 2017, resulting in about one death every 11 minutes.

Because this is a growing problem, it's especially important to separate suicide myths from facts. Review these common myths and know the facts so if you're ever in a position to help you can do so.

Myths and facts

1. Myth: No one can stop a suicide. It's inevitable.

Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they will probably never be suicidal again.

2. Myth: Confronting a person about suicide will only make them angry and increase the risk of suicide.

Fact: Asking someone directly about suicidal intent lowers anxiety, opens communication and lowers the risk of an impulsive act.

3. Myth: Only experts can prevent suicide.

Fact: Suicide prevention is everyone's business and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

4. Myth: Suicidal people keep their plans to themselves.

Fact: Most suicidal people communicate their intent sometime during the week preceding their attempt.

5. Myth: Those who talk about suicide don't do it.

Fact: People who talk about suicide may attempt an act of self-destruction.

6. Myth: Once a person decides to attempt suicide, there is nothing anyone can do to stop them.

Fact: Suicide is the most preventable kind of death and almost any positive action may save a life.

The more you know

Everyone benefits when each of us knows more about suicide. For more education, including warning signs and what to do if you're concerned about someone, read what you need to know about suicide prevention.