Myths and Misconceptions

The reasons people take their own life are very complex. There is no single reason why a person attempts or dies by suicide.

While there may be commonalities among individual lived experiences of suicide, each person’s circumstances are particular to them.

To increase understanding about suicide and to better support those affected by suicide, we need to challenge commonly held myths and misconception. These false assumptions can feed stigma and discrimination and prevent individuals from seeking the support they need.

Due to the complexity of suicide – and of life itself – it helps to avoid using absolutes such as all people, every attempt, or making declarative or definitive statements.