DISPELL THE MYTH

Discussing suicide may cause the client to want to carry out the act

Talking about suicide provides the important opportunity for communication. Quite contrary to common beliefs, talking about suicide may actually decrease a person’s risk for carrying it out. Considering that the threat may be a cry for help, discussion of suicide permits a means of validating the client’s feelings. The first step toward prevention often comes from talking about feelings. Of course, talking about suicide should be carefully managed.