SUICIDAL BEHAVIOUR IS MANIPULATIVE OR ATTENTION-SEEKING.
All suicidal talk and behaviours demand attention by way of a compassionate and immediate response.
Some people threaten or attempt suicide as a desperate plea to let others know they are in pain, not coping and need help. They may not know any other ways to express these feelings or believe that no one cares or can help.
Individuals in suicidal crisis need attention and support, regardless of how they express this need.
Expressions of pain, suffering or suicidality must not be trivialised or minimalised.
Not addressing a ‘cry for help’ can have tragic consequences.