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Misconceptions about suicidal acts
There are many prejudices and misconceptions about suicide that can get in the way of helping.
- Misconception 1: Anyone who suggests that they are thinking of suicide just wants attention. If you really think about it, you don't talk about it.
It can happen that someone says things like: "You would be better off without me", without any suicidal intentions behind them. In many cases, however, such statements are a signal that someone has thoughts of suicide and is actually in need (see also warning signs). In any case, such statements indicate problems that deserve attention. It is not true that people with suicidal intent hide them from the outside world. Most of those affected send out warning signs in their suicidal crises.
- Misconception 2: Talking about suicide makes people commit suicide.
The opposite is true: Addressing suicide and speaking openly about it is one of the most powerful ways to prevent suicide. It often has a very relieving effect on everyone. Those affected feel that they are being taken seriously. You can find out how to have a conversation in the conversation tips.
- Misconception 3: Suicide happens unsigned - that is why there is so little that can be done.
People usually announce their suicide with different warning signs and are happy if you ask them about it.
- Misconception 4: If someone really wants to take their own life, it cannot be prevented.
Even severely depressed people fluctuate between wanting to live and wanting to die. Most of them do not want to die, they just want their immeasurable suffering to stop, which they can no longer cope with themselves.
- Misconception 5: Anyone who attempts suicide once will try again and again.
Many suicidal people only intend to kill themselves for a limited time in their lives.
- Misconception 6: Anyone who has survived a suicide attempt will never try again.
It is estimated that almost a quarter of all people who have attempted suicide try again later in life to end their lives. If people are helped after attempting suicide, the vast majority of them do not attempt suicide years later and master their lives.
- Myth 7: People who kill themselves do not want help.
The great stress or life crisis that suicidal people go through restricts their usual thinking and acting. When the level of suffering is very high, at some point they see no other way out than to end their suffering through death. Often they also lack the strength to make contact with other people who could support them. But that doesn't mean they don't want to accept help. The fear of overwhelming the other person or the shame about your own thoughts are further reasons why someone does not ask for help on their own initiative.
- Misconception 8: If you want to kill yourself, you have to be crazy.
Thoughts of suicide are a human reaction to severe or long-lasting emotional pain and high levels of suffering.
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