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Myths about suicide

Myth - A person who talks about committing suicide won't actually do it.
Fact  - About 80% of persons who commit suicide express their intentions to one and often more than one person.

Myth - Suicide usually occurs without warning.
Fact  - A person planning suicide usually gives clues about his or her intentions, although in some cases, suicidal intent is carefully concealed.

Myth - A suicidal person fully intends to die.
Fact  - Most suicidal people feel ambivalent toward death and arrange an attempted suicide in the hope that someone will intervene.

Myth - If a person attempts suicide once, he or she remains at constant risk for suicide throughout life.
Fact  - Suicidal intentions are often limited to a specific period of time, especially if help is sought and received. Help can be effective.

Myth - If a person shows improvement after a suicidal crisis, the risk has passed.
Fact  - Most suicides occur within three months or so after the onset of improvement, when the person has the energy to act on intentions.







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