Are ALL people with depression SUICIDAL?
Can you address the idea that all people with depression (any type) are suicidal?
Today I talk about this common myth: that all people who are depressed are suicidal. I think it’s important to know that although these two mental health issues do overlap from time to time, they do not always occur together. Someone can be suicidal and not be depressed, and someone with depression can struggle with any of the many other symptoms other than suicidal thoughts.
Another thing that I bring up is that we cannot make someone suicidal by just talking about it. It is okay to talk to someone about suicide and when or if they are having thoughts of it. This was hard for me to understand when I first became a therapist, but talking about it is actually helpful. It may be hard for them to talk about it, and make sure you have a good relationship with them, but most who struggle with suicidal thoughts feel hopeless and like there is no way out. By lending an ear and supporting them you are not going to make them kill themselves. I hope that this video helps debunk a common misunderstanding about depression and suicide. Happy Mental Health Month!! xox