Myths About Suicide

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Breaking the Stigma Surrounding Suicide

For centuries, suicide has been a topic that has been considered taboo. However, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 700,000 people die by suicide each year. With such shockingly high cases of suicide completion, there are even more who have attempted to take their own lives.

With suicide being a serious public health issue, continuing the conversation surrounding mental health is critical. Suicide prevention starts with education. By educating others, spreading awareness, and breaking the stigma, you actively create a safe place for someone with these dark thoughts.

Myth: Talking About Suicide Will Encourage It

Contrary to this popular belief, talking about suicide helps reduce the social stigma associated with it. If individuals with suicidal thoughts feel comfortable talking about their feelings without fear of judgment, they will be more likely to seek help. By talking to someone directly about suicide, you open up the line of communication for them to confide in you.

Myth: People Who Die by Suicide are Selfish

Individuals who have suicidal thoughts often feel that they are a burden to others and experience severe feelings of hopelessness and unworthiness. They tend to believe that by taking their own lives, they lessen that burden for their loved ones while also ending their suffering.

Myth: Suicide Only Affects Individuals with a Mental Illness

While having an underlying mental illness is a risk factor for suicide, it is not the only one. Significant life stressors and traumas can also contribute to someone wanting to take their own life.

The Connection Between Substance Abuse and Suicide

Those who struggle with substance abuse are at an increased risk for suicide. It is common for people struggling with a dual diagnosis of a mental illness and substance use disorder to turn to their substance of choice to alleviate their pain. However, using substances such as drugs or alcohol can actually increase the severity and intensity of their depression. Substances can also impair one’s judgment, leading to suicidal thoughts and attempts.

Treating Dual Diagnosis at Decision Point Center

At Decision Point Center, we understand that many people who struggle with mental illness alleviate their symptoms by turning to their substance of choice. For those facing a dual diagnosis, we provide psychiatry as well as other therapies and treatments that address your physical and mental health.

We create a personalized treatment plan to make sure you are coping with your mental illness in healthy ways. Contact our team online or call us at (844) 292-5010 to take the next step towards recovery.

If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, help is available. Dial 911 if you or someone you love is in crisis, or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 to receive confidential, emotional support.

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