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Doesn’t suicide happen mostly in troubled individuals who come from difficult family situations?

Doesn’t suicide happen mostly in troubled individuals who come from difficult family situations?

  • On March 24, 2016

No. It is really important to understand that suicidal behavior occurs in all socioeconomic groups. People of all ages, races, faiths, and cultures die by suicide, as do individuals from all walks of life and all income levels.

Popular, well-connected people who seem to have everything going for them and those who are less well-off both die by suicide. Suicidal youth come from all kinds of families, rich and poor, happy and sad, two-parent and single-parent.

To suggest that suicidal youth come only from “bad,” “sick,” or “neglectful” families is like saying that only these kids get cancer. Historically, our culture has blamed the families of people who die by suicide and this behavior must stop. Suicide can happen in any family. We all must work together to identify and prevent suicidal behavior.