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Suicidal tendencies

What is Suicidal tendencies

Thinking about suicide or suicidal ideation refers to the emergence of thoughts about ending one’s life. The nature of the thoughts can range from having frequent thoughts during certain times of the day, to the elaborate planning of the final act that includes the method of dying. Individuals who have attempted suicide in the past are at the highest risk for suicide in the future. Some suicidal attempts may not be intended to be fatal. The perpetrator may ‘arrange’ or ‘allow’ for him/herself to be found when the suicide is attempted.

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The following are some myths about suicide prevention that are false:

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    • Suicide can’t be prevented. If someone wants to take their own life, there is nothing that can be done to stop them.
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  • People who take their life are selfish, cowards, weak or just looking for ‘attention’.
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  • Asking someone if they are thinking about suicide will put the idea in their head and cause them to act on it.
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  • Reducing access to lethal methods (e.g. barriers on bridges) of suicide doesn’t work. People will just find another way.
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If you know anyone who is contemplating suicide, then please encourage him/her to seek help from the nearest psychiatrist/psychologist/counsellor.

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