This short activity is a myth buster to help us develop a greater understanding of the reasons people suicide and the way we can help them. Resources include the World Health Organisation1,Australian Bureau of Statistics2, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioural Health – Office of Suicide Prevention3 and the Department of Veterans Affairs4
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Talking about suicide is a bad idea and can be interpreted as encouragement.
Someone who is suicidal is determined to die.
Most suicides happen suddenly without warning.
Only people with mental disorders are suicidal.
People who talk about suicide do not mean to do it.
More men than women die by suicide each year in Australia
I must honour my promise to keep secret that someone I know is going to suicide
There is nothing that can protect someone from suicide
Young people thinking about suicide are always angry when someone intervenes and they will resent that person afterwards
All young people with thoughts of suicide are depressed.