MYTH - People who talk about suicide do not kill themselves
REALITY - Threatening to harm or kill yourself is a suicide warning sign. It indicates the person is at risk of suicide, they are likely to be having serious thoughts about taking their own life. This 'cry for help' is a suicide warning sign, and can provide a chance for family, friends, associates and health professionals to intervene and potentially prevent the suicide from happening.
MYTH - If you are discharged from hospital you are no longer at risk
REALITY - People who have attempted suicide, and have been treated in a hospital or psychiatric facility, have a much higher risk of attempting suicide again in the days, weeks and months following their discharge.
MYTH - Suicide happens to other people.
REALITY - Suicide does not discriminate. It could happen in your family. It could happen to you or your loved one.
If you are worried that someone you know is suicidal, at YourMentalHealth.ie.