Think you know what makes someone suicidal? There's a lot of myths out there that a lot of people believe.
It’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and you may be surprised to find out that you don’t know nearly as much about suicide as you think you do. Thousands of teens try to commit suicide every single day in the United States, and it’s a problem that’s not going away anytime soon — which is what makes public awareness all the more important.
One thing you may believe is that young children wouldn’t kill themselves, that it’s something only an older teenager or an adult would do. But children as young as 5 years of age have taken their lives.
Another myth is that suicides are an impulse decision, but many times kids spend weeks or even months planning to kill themselves. That’s why you should look out for tell tale signs, as children often don’t tell their parents that they’re thinking about it.
And suicides aren’t always caused by depression. Many struggle from substance abuse, anxiety disorders or schizophrenia, for example.