As much as individuals differ, suicide reasons, triggers and frequencies differ.
Medically, there are some information, that have over the years, had the same pattern, or numbers as regards suicide; these are the facts. On the other hand, information that have been coined from generalization and is mostly false as regards suicide; are the suicide myths.
Let’s discuss some of the myths…
Poor countries have higher suicide rates
Many rich countries actually have very high suicide rates, even more than developing nations. Some research shows that the lowest rates can be found amongst some Latin American countries, such as Brazil and the Dominican Republic, while based on their GDP per capita, rich countries, such as Russia, Japan, and France, are among the highest.
Suicide is an act of revenge or aggression, or just attention seeking
No suicide attempt should be trivialized. Most of the people that attempt suicide or commit suicide do so because they feel left out or like burdens to people. They think dying would relieve their loved ones. So, no, it’s not always an act of revenge. Also, if you think a person is seeking attention with their suicide attempts, then maybe you should pay some attention to the person.
Talking to people about suicide will trigger it
The stigma that comes with suicide is quite deep, so most people who are suicidal may never want to talk about it, there might subtle cries for help here and there. However, when they hear people talk about suicide, not encouraging it, but explaining it in a non-judgmental tone, it encourages them to either talk about their fears or have some time to rethink.
Young people who talk about suicide never attempt or complete suicide
Although people at a higher risk of suicide will show other signs, including, talking about suicide, those who only talk about it can be at risk too. Sometimes, these talks can be a subtle cry for help, and it may be a late progression sign
Only people with mental disorders are suicidal
Some people with mental disorders don’t have suicidal tendencies, and not all people who take their lives have a mental disorder. Suicidal behaviour shows a deep unhappiness but not necessarily mental disorder.
Once someone is suicidal, he or she will always remain suicidal
Heightened suicide risk is often peculiar to a specific situation. The suicidal thoughts may return, or they may not. There’s no permanence and an individual who has attempted suicide or had the thoughts can go on to live a long life, with the right intervention and or help.
Suicide is hereditary
Members of families share the same emotional and physical environment most times, so when one member is suicidal, it may be necessary to pay attention to the other family members. However, the attempts are not genetically inherited.
Finally, suicide, its attempts, its causes and its effects, generally, have been misunderstood over time, generating a lot of stereotypical misconceptions and conclusions. The best thing to do for a suicidal person is to encourage the person to get help, no matter how you feel about it.