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Will talking about suicide give people the idea to do it? Could we do more harm than good?

Will talking about suicide give people the idea to do it? Could we do more harm than good?

  • On March 24, 2016

Talking about suicide does not cause suicide to occur. In fact, it can be an excellent prevention tool. People who are not suicidal reject the idea, while people who may be thinking about it usually welcome the chance to talk about it. Often they are relieved because they feel that someone else recognizes their pain.

Talking breaks the secrecy that surrounds suicidal behavior, and lets people know that help is available. By not talking about suicide, we increase the isolation and despair of individuals thinking about it.