Myths and Facts About Suicide



  • Myth: Suicides peak during the holidays. Statistically, suicides are lowest in December and peak in the spring.
  • Myth: Teens are at the greatest risk of suicide. Though teenagers are at a higher risk than average, white men over the age of 85 are at the greatest risk of suicide, and people over the age of 65 are at a higher risk than the general population.
  • Fact: Suicide is more common in whites than blacks, Hispanics, or Asians. The only group at higher risk are Native Americans.
  • Myth: Depression is always the cause of suicide. It is true that two out of every three people who commit suicide are depressed at the time of their death, but alcoholism plays a role in one out of every three completed suicides.
  • Fact: Most suicide attempts fail. Thankfully, only one out of every 10-25 suicide attempts succeeds. Taking away the means is one of the most effective way of preventing suicide.
  • Fact: Treatment cuts suicide risk. If you successfully treat depression, suicidal ideation declines.
  • Myth: Suicides are more common on weekends. Most suicide attempts occur at the beginning of the week, particularly on Mondays.
  • Fact: A suicide can trigger copycat attempts. When one person completes suicide, it can remove the barriers that were stopping an individual.
  • Myth: Women commit suicide more often than men. Women are three times more likely than men to ATTEMPT suicide, but men are four times more likely to actually kill themselves.



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