To mark Suicide Prevention Week, support groups and non-profit organizations from all over
the world are educating the public about the realities of suicide, while reaching out to help people
struggling with mental health conditions such as clinical depression and bipolar disorder.
To educate and enlighten my fellow Filipinos, I’d like to present to you the 8 biggest fallacies about
suicide. May this stop the stigma and allow us to help a loved one who may be suffering in silence
with the highly misunderstood disease called depression.
FALLACY: People who talk about suicide are just weak, dramatic and KSP (kulang sa pansin).REALITY: Suicide can strike any gender, race, age, financial status, and type of personality. Even the most intelligent, spiritual, and strong-willed people can get suicidal. “Instead of ostracizing them, what they actually need is compassion and empathy,” said psychiatrist Dr. Rene Samaniego of Makati Medical Center. “They are in pain and often times reach out for help because they do not know what to do and have lost hope,” explained Kevin Caruso, founder of suicide.org, which promotes suicide prevention, awareness, and support. “Always take talk about suicide seriously. Always.”
FALLACY: You shouldn’t talk about suicide with anyone, especially the suicidal ones, because it could give them the idea.REALITY: “It is important to talk about suicide with people who are suicidal because you will learn more about their mindset and intentions, and allow them to diffuse some of the tension that is causing their suicidal feelings,” said Caruso.