He promised not to attempt suicide again

This is an impossible and un-keepable promise.

I remember talking to a friend of Charles’ who had attempted suicide and saying something like this. When we say, “Don’t do that again,” we think it lets the other person know how much we care.

We want them to guarantee they read more

What is suicidal thinking?

Suicidal thinking is a temporary brain attack that causes an irrational episode of emotional pain so great, that people who suffer from the thoughts think that death is the only option. They think they are worthless and that your life would be better without them. Totally irrational.

That read more

Suicide is not an act of selfishness

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Thinking it’s an act of selfishness is a lack of understanding of what suicide is.

Even before Charles died by suicide, I did not subscribe to the “selfish” notion. I even remember him walking into my office and telling me that a friend’s dad had died by suicide and Charles read more

She’s just trying to get attention

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“She took all those pills just to get attention.”

“You know that phone call was just a cry for help.”

I have heard these phrases frequently as it relates to suicide attempts over the last few years.

Please never make the mistake of writing off a suicide attempt as “attention read more