Does talking about thoughts of suicide increase the risk that someone will act on those thoughts?
We know that most people who die by suicide SAY they are having thoughts of suicide before they attempt suicide. And, as the 10th leading cause of adult death and the 2nd leading cause of youth death in the U.S. we have to talk about suicide.
None of the 13 studies reviewed in a recent article published in Psychological Medicine found that talking about suicide increased suicide ideation. In fact many of these 13 studies found that asking the questions improved mental health in individuals who sought treatment.
Start a conversation and help stop suicide.
The Movember Foundation shared a video about the power of talking about suicide as part of their efforts to raise awareness during World Suicide Prevention Day.