Suicide vs Suicidal – Is There A Real Difference In How We Use Language

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds. There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. (excerpt from World Health Organization)

When someone ends their life,  everyone is there, we hear ” I feel bad”
” I didn’t see the signs”
“Why did they do it, they had an amazing life”
However if someone was suicidal, everything becomes different. No one wants to hear the facts, the problem or even act that there is an issue. Reality is – being Suicidal isn’t just going to go away.
When your Suicidal, people believe it’s the only option for them and treating this like it is their problem will only bring them to confirm that it is the only option.

So When someone says their suicidal, don’t push them away, or say it’s only in their head, instead be the one who keeps them here – lend a hug, a listening ear and a compassionate heart.

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