Suicide never affects just one person. In fact, it has been said that every suicide affects at least six other people. In spite of this, most of us have misconceptions about suicide, its causes, and how we can provide help and support to those we know that may be affected by it. That doesn’t mean, however, that help isn’t available. Suicide hotlines are staffed by people trained to help in desperate situations. But you don’t have to be a suicide hotline operator to be informed about the topic. Nobody wants to kill themselves, they just want their pain to go away. In fact, many times after people attempt suicide by swallowing pills or jumping off of a building they immediately regret their decision. Whether it’s your friend or family member, just being informed about suicide and being willing to help can make a huge difference. This doesn’t mean that you have to be an expert. In many cases it can mean something as simple as listening and being there for them. These are 25 sad reasons we should all be more informed about suicide.
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If you or someone you know is dealing with suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255