Understanding the Complexity of Suicide

Suicide is a complex issue involving numerous factors and should not be attributed to any one single cause. Not all people who die by suicide have been diagnosed with a mental illness and not all people with a mental illness attempt to end their lives by suicide.

 

People who experience suicidal thoughts and feelings are suffering with tremendous emotional pain. People who have died by suicide typically had overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, despair, and helplessness. Suicide is not a moral weakness or a character flaw. People who consider suicide feel as though their pain will never end, and that suicide is the only way to stop the suffering.

 

Suicide Is Preventable

 

Many factors and circumstances can contribute to someone’s decision to end his or her life. Find out how to recognize the warning signs and learn the skills to talk about and prevent suicide in a training.