Make it a Family Battle Against Suicide: Busting the Myths With Facts

Mental and Behavioral Health

Mental and Behavioral HealthRecent events have been disconcerting. Globally-popular celebrities (yes, we are talking about fashion icon Kate Spade and chef/TV host Anthony Bourdain) apparently took their own lives and succumbed to death.

It is high time that we deal openly with suicide, as well as how we can address it by strengthening our families, especially against misinformation. Suicide is a silent killer. It may be avoidable, but not too many people manage to because of the myths that surround it.

The best first step to winning the battle against suicide is to see it for what it is and not what we used to believe it to be.


There are a couple of myths that are associated with suicide and the development of what started to be fleeting thoughts about taking one’s life, which later on may become a plan.

  • Myth #1: Those who are having suicidal thoughts would never verbalize them.
  • Fact: Most people are only too insensitive to notice or pay attention to it because they often mistake suicide threats as acts of manipulation, bluff, or blackmail.
  • The Lesson: Never take threats of suicide sitting down. If someone announces intents or actually hints on it through gestures and behavior changes, move fast. Keep talking to that someone or better yet, call a helpline and get professional help.

The experts who provide family counseling here in Westport, CT could certainly provide assistance that would avoid loss.

  • Myth #2: Thoughts about suicide manifest either cowardice or bravery.
  • Fact: Those who try to associate suicide attempts with personal traits are definitely misled. None of it would make someone a coward or brave enough.
  • The Lesson: You cannot quantify a person’s capacity to win life battles according to the number of times he tries to take his own life. People with suicidal tendencies are people who are suffering. They need help to get past their anxious, depressive, hopeless state.

They need to talk to someone to give them light against a self-destructive way of thinking. Be prepared to be that someone, especially for the people you love most, your family.

If someone you know or love is at risk of suicide, please take an active role. Talking is the first step to healing. If you are not confident that your words are enough, find people who can provide professional assistance. That will mean everything to you and that person.