Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens? As often as we hear about a teen being cyberbullied or suffering from mental illness and taking their life, there are still tons of misconceptions when it comes to suicide. Education is the first step to prevention so lets talk about some of these misconceptions.
1) “If they want to do it, there is nothing I can do to stop them”. While it is true that everyone has their agency, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to help those you suspect are suicidal. Oftentimes a show of support from a friend or loved one is enough to prompt them to reach out for help.
2) “They are just looking for attention. That is why they talk about suicide so much”. Simply put, talk of suicide and suicide attempts should always be taken seriously. Many people don’t know how to ask for help and their contemplation and discussion of suicide is their way of letting you know they are not okay and need you to intervene.
3) “They must not have reached out for help” Oftentimes suicide victims are currently in counseling or have received counseling within the last 6 months. Its important to remember that just because someone has received treatment or is pursuing treatment doesn’t mean they are out of the woods and beyond concern.
As an experienced depression counselor, Insight Child & Family Counseling, has dealt with these and many more misconceptions about suicide. If you or someone you love is struggling with deep depression or thoughts of suicide, call us today. We are here to listen and help you determine the best path forward. 972-426-9500 Not ready to talk? Visit us online for some free resources: www.ldscounselordfw.com