Your words are important, especially when it comes to mental health. A sentence that you may not know is particularly outrageous? "Committed suicide."
This is an expression that many people still rely on, both in the news (take a look at the headlines following recent deaths from Parkland, Florida suicide, students and the father of a Sandy Hook victim) and in conversations from outside.
Although the term seems harmless, it is actually laden with guilt and stigma. So much so that the reporting guidelines established by psychosocial organizations and media organizations strongly discourage application.
"The term" committed suicide "is harmful because it is associated with many, if not most people, associations with" committed a crime "or" committed a sin "and lets us reflect on something morally reprehensible or illegal," said Jacek Debiec, assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, specializing in post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders.
The word "committed" discriminates against those who have lost their battle against disease. "
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The term "suicide" also ignores the fact that suicide is often the result of an untreated illness (such as depression, trauma or other mental health problem). It should be viewed in the same way as any physical condition, said Dan Reidenberg, CEO of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.
"They do not commit a heart attack." Instead, one hears someone say they died of a heart attack. "Suicide is the same. … If he adheres to the word "committed," he continues to discriminate against those who have lost their battle against illness, "he said.
Reidenberg added that the best term" died of suicide "is that he this sends word that death was caused by the mental state, it is the preferred language in media stories, and it is also worthwhile to use in everyday discussions.
Why This Is Important in the Long Run
It may seem like Listening to nitpicking when focusing on just two words, word intentions, whether deliberate or unintentional, have far-reaching implications.
The use of sensitive mental health language is crucial to avoid negative stereotypes associated with mental illness (and the consequences of these stereotypes). Investigations show that people stigmatize the search nac Help h – help that could be life-saving.
"The fact that we have problems choosing words when we talk about suicide reflects our deeper problems in understanding mental health in general. "Debiec said
" The language [we use] reflects our value system, both consciously and unconsciously, "he continued," The use of a judgmental or degrading language prevents us from recognizing mental problems, seeking help, and helping
"The use of a judgmental or degrading language prevents us from recognizing mental health problems, seeking help, and providing help."
– Jacek Debiec, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
Simply put "Committing Suicide" conveys shame and misconduct, does not capture the pathology of the condition that ultimately led to death, meaning that the person who died was a culprit and not a victim, and you do not have to live with a mental health condition to understand how this can be harmful.
"Words have consequences," said Debiec, "I would encourage people who think that mental health language is not important to thinking about their own experiences when they feel that one's judgment or words have been unfairly and deeply hurt. "
It is time for us Consider suicide as dangerous By-product of a health condition that can and should be prevented. Of course this requires a treatment. It also means that we pay attention to our words so that those living with mental health feel that they do not feel alienated when they speak and seek support, Reidenberg said.
He stated that suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the country United States. "Suicide is a serious public health crisis. More people die from suicide than from murder, car accidents and breast cancer, "he added. "Suicide is a real issue that has to be taken seriously all the time."
Reidenberg hopes that more people will be more empathic with suicide, not just after a highly regarded suicide, but every day.  "Let us continue to work to prevent tragedies, celebrate those who are still alive … and do everything we can to reduce the stigma of mental health and suicide," he said. "Only when we talk about these things will we make people open up before a tragedy happens."
If you drop the phrase "committing suicide" as part of this effort, this may be a small step – but at least it's a step forward
If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also send HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside the US, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention to obtain a resource database.