Understanding Suicide

A suicide is a death by a self-inflicted injury under circumstances where the individual intended or should have reasonable expected that the injury would result in their death.

The key to understanding, and preventing, suicide, is to understand the warning signs, risk and protective factors, and what you can do to help someone experiencing suicidal crisis.

Words Matter!

Supporting people who may be considering suicide begins with acceptance and understanding. When we avoid using stigmatizing language for mental health challenges, including suicide and addiction, we help those affected feel understood and increase the likelihood they will reach out for help. 

If you haven’t already, take the time to learn about inclusive language!

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Research shows the opposite of this: acknowledging and talking about suicide might actually reduce suicidal ideation.