Take a quiz and answer “True” or “False” to the following statements.
1. Joe and Jeff told a group of their friends that they were going to kill themselves by “flying off a cliff.” Because they talked about killing themselves in front of friends, they were just looking for attention and wouldn’t actually go ahead with their plan.
2. Once Ron made up his mind to kill himself and said good-bye to his friends, nothing anyone could do could stop him.
3. Jeffrey tried to kill himself by swallowing thirty-five aspirin tablets. He got sick and had a ringing in his ears for four days. After the discomfort and fright he felt, Jeffrey probably wouldn’t attempt suicide again.
4. Steve’s depression seemed to have lifted. All his problems appeared to be behind him. He was back in school and studying hard. He was out of danger.
5. Anna, Janie’s best friend, knew Janie was depressed and thinking about suicide. But Anna talking to Janie about suicide would only give her ideas and make things worse.
6. People who kill themselves are crazy.
Guess what? The correct answer to every statement is FALSE. Yep. Every single one is a myth—not true. So, let’s take them one by one.
Exploding the Suicide Myths
MYTH: When people talk about killing themselves, they’re just looking for attention. Ignoring them is the best thing to do.
REALITY: The truth is that most people who take their own lives do talk about it. Eighty percent of adolescent suicides make open threats before they kill themselves.
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