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Suicide Myths and Facts

Directions: Use the radio buttons to select whether you think the statement about suicide is a myth or fact. When you click the button for the next question you will receive immediate feedback about your answer and another myth or fact question. When you complete all of the questions you will receive your final score. Remember, if you are currently feeling suicidal, help is available. A link to toll free hotlines is provided below the quiz.


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More Myths and Facts:

Myth - People who talk a lot about suicide don't usually do anything about it.
Fact - Studies have actually found that about three-quarters of those who successfully committed suicide did in fact do things leading up to their suicides to indicate that they were in distress and needed help.

Myth - Only crazy people commit suicide.
Fact - Only about 10 percent of those who commit suicide are suffering from psychosis or delusional beliefs. People who are deeply suicidal can actually manage to go about their lives looking quite "normal" to other people.

Myth - What he killed himself over just wasn't worth it.
Fact - Our own individual value judgments just don't matter when it comes to someone else's suicide. What does matter is how important the reasons seemed to him.

Myth - If someone wants to commit suicide there isn't anything that can be done to stop him.
Fact - People become suicidal, not because they want to die, but because they want the pain to end. The very fact that they have allowed you to know how deeply they are hurting is in fact a sign of a desire to live. They want help or they would not ask.

Myth - I shouldn't bring up suicide because it will only give him ideas.
Fact - If your friend is in emotional distress has probably already considered this idea. Bringing up the topic won't give him a idea that he didn't already have. Instead, it will allow your friend a chance to open up and confide in you so that you can help him.

More Facts About Suicide

The best time to help someone with depression is now.

Being a good, non-judgmental listener and allowing your friends to unburden his troubles is one of the best ways you can help.

If your friend is feeling suicidal, it is a wise idea to take steps to keep him safe. Remove any objects that he might use to harm himself and stay with him until the danger has passed.

Urge your friend to get professional help. Depression is treatable.

You should let your friend know that you care and will be there for him. Your support lets him know that he is valued.

Never agree to keep secrets. You can protect your friend's privacy while still seeking out help. His life depends upon it.

Even small positive steps can make a big difference for someone who is hurting.

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