Suicide is a highly sensitive issue which has long been stigmatized by society. People affected by suicide often feel isolated and helpless, and fear being judged by society. So, while it is important to increase conversation about suicide in order to remove the taboo around it, we must also remember that it is an illness, and be sensitive about it when we discuss it.
With the growing number of suicides today, it is possible that one may occur in our community or social circle. This can have a profound effect on the family and friends, and the community at large, causing severe shock and grief. Listed below are a few things to keep in mind when talking about suicide.
Why we should not say ‘committed’ suicide
To generate healthy conversation about suicide, it is important that we use the correct terms in order to destigmatize suicide. The term ‘commit’ suicide was coined at a time when suicide was treated as a crime. However, lately there has been increasing research into why people get thoughts of suicide, and there is a better understanding of the phenomenon. With this progress, it is also important that we become more sensitive to the issue and do not malign people affected by suicide. Hence, we should rather use terms such as ‘ended their life’, rather than ‘committed suicide’.