Suicide Awareness: Myths About Suicide

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myths about suicide

There are many misconceptions about suicide. Don't be fooled into thinking that someone is or isn't ok. Check the facts.
Myth Fact
Only weak people consider suicide. This is not true, as suicide does not discriminate.
Someone who makes a suicide attempt is just looking for attention. Often they are trying to find a way to end their pain and feel there are no other options.
If someone wants to kill themselves, there is nothing I can do about it. While it is true that we cannot stop all suicides and suicide attempts, they tend to be a mix of impulsive and planned behaviors.
It may be possible to interrupt a person considering suicide.
What is there to lose by trying to help them?
Someone who is thinking about suicide won’t tell me the truth if I ask. The truth is that most people will be honest if you ask them and are sincere about wanting to help. On some level, most who consider suicide do not want to die.
If someone I love or care for dies by suicide, I am at least partially to blame. No, you can do everything right, and sometimes bad things still happen. Sometimes we cannot see the signs in people until after the fact.
If you experience survivor’s guilt, please get help.
Once someone is considering suicide, counseling will no longer be able to help. Not true, counseling services can help at any time.

help is available

  • Community Counseling Program: 253-6553
  • Branch Health Clinic Behavioral Health: 255-8331
  • Chaplain: 253-3371
  • Military Family Life
  • Counselors
  • Chain of Command
  • OSCAR Team Member
  • Suicide Prevention Program Officer
If you’re not sure where to go, remember there is no wrong door. #BeThereIwakuni