The Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition (OCSPC) is a collaboration of stakeholders devoted to creating a suicide safe community. Our mission is to link our community with suicide prevention resources to reduce stigma, promote help-seeking, and save lives.
Suicide: Common Misconceptions
Suicide affects everyone – in all demographics – and is a growing public health crisis. Myths and misconceptions associated with mental health and suicide can cause a major barrier to one seeking help for themselves and/or their loved ones.
How can you help someone who is struggling?
Ask the at-risk person if they are having thoughts of suicide. Acknowledging and talking about suicide reduces rather than increases suicidal thoughts.
Keep them safe
Determine if the at-risk person has suicide intent with a specific plan. Removing, disabling, or restricting the lethal means (ie. firearms, medications) can make a difference.