Join us this National Mental Health Month, to learn the truths of each question we post. We will add a new question and answer to this same page.
This is our game “Fact or Fiction” that we use during our Alive, Mental Health Fairs, and at the Supernatural conventions. Do you know all of the answers?
- Talk therapy has been tested clinically and found to be effective. In some cases, it works as well as medication. Good talk therapy helps address triggers and change behaviors to improve quality of life.
2. People who have persistent thoughts of suicide want to stop the feelings of sadness, numbness, hopelessness. They DO NOT want to stop living. With proper support and combination of therapy and/or medication there’s a high chance of recovery.
3. Drugs and alcohol decrease a person’s inhibitions and increase a person’s impulsivity, thus increasing a person’s risk of suicide.
4. Over 90% of people who die by suicide suffer from depression or another mental health disorder, often an untreated or undiagnosed one.
5. People who are feeling depressed or desperate enough to die by suicide give clues to how they are feeling. These clues can be verbal warning signs, as well as changes in behavior.
6. With each attempt, a person’s chance of dying by suicide increases.
7. Asking people about their suicidal intent may lower their anxiety level and encourage them to express their feelings. Raising the question of suicide without shock or disapproval shows that you are taking the person seriously and responding to their pain.
8. While some acts of suicide are done impulsively (often under the influence of drugs or alcohol), the majority of suicides are attempted after planning and discussing their thoughts with others.