Suicide: 10 misconceptions

The attempted suicide would be "a proof of cowardice", "hereditary", and reserved "for people who suffer from a mental disorder" ... So many received ideas that do not reflect at all the reality of more than 700 people a year trying to end their lives. Bénédicte Novis, listening to SOS Suicide-Phénix, Lyon , explains to us why these beliefs are false.

Marjorie Lenhardt

Speaking of suicide to attract attention

The accepted idea is that people who talk about their intention to commit suicide do so only to attract attention.

One must never minimize one's intentions to commit suicide. Certainly, all those who talk about suicide will not go to the act. On the other hand, those who say "oh I want to finish, I can not anymore ..." have a great suffering in them. It can be a call for help. It's a way of telling others that it's not right, and not a way to get lathered.

Suicidal people suffer from mental disorders

The conventional wisdom: people who commit suicide suffer from serious mental disorders.

The percentage of psychiatric patients who commit suicide, in proportion to the 10,000 suicides a year, is very low. Most people who come here are like everyone else. Only some have accumulated a number of emotional, professional or financial difficulties that have become too difficult to bear. Others also had a traumatic childhood, which did not provide them with the emotional tools necessary to overcome the vicissitudes of life.

To commit suicide is to be decided to die

The accepted idea: those who take action are really determined to die.

The person who does it does not really want to die. Above all, she wants to put an end to an unbearable, unbearable pain, after having tried in many ways, without success, to find a solution to her problems.

Suicide is a personal choice

Suicide is a personal choice, it is useless to intervene.

Suicide is not a choice but a choice. The person mistakenly believes that there is no other way to stop suffering. Saying and believing this is a way for those who are left to feel guilty. In reality, it is always possible to intervene.


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