Suicide Awareness

October 9 2018

The mental health topic for today for Mental Illness Awareness Week is suicide prevention. Today’s MYTH about suicide is from PBS -

Talking about suicide will cause a student to attempt suicide.

False. It's just the opposite: not talking about it could escalate the problem. Even thinking about it makes the suicidal person feel worse. Talking will help bring understanding. Talking about it can relieve suicidal students and get them the help that's needed. Discussing the subject openly shows that you take the person seriously and that you care.

If you sense that one of your students (or anyone that you care about) might be thinking of taking their own life, ask them. “Are you thinking about suicide or hurting yourself?” This question doesn’t have to come from a counselor. Click here to find more resources.

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