Remove the term “commit” from suicide related cases in society!

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No one “commits” suicide...

To commit to something is to “carry out deliberately”, to have “done something wrong” or be guilty for a “crime you may have committed”...

Individuals who may take their own lives do not willfully choose to take their life. People who die by suicide are not committing a crime, they are usually reaching the worst of their illness, their lives are consumed by the disorder and the symptom of despair.

Someone commits burglary, or murder, or rape, or perjury, or adultery, or crime – but absolutely not making the decision to end their lives and escape their demons.

The language we use in society is a huge element that creates the stigma hundreds of people face everyday struggling with their mental health and mental illness difficulties. 

It is so important we educate communities to understand the correct language to use in society and I hugely believe removing the term “commit” from discussions would be a real positive step forward in helping people talk more and seek support from others around them.

I set up Mental Health Muscle to ensure everyone has an opportunity and safe place to talk about their mental health and get support from others. I have worked with hundreds of both young people and vulnerable adults who have struggled with their mental health - educating people is a hugely important part of our movement at MHM; the language we use and speak weighs heavy in all we do to promote better understanding and reducing the stigma! 

Suggesting alternative terminology is crucial and as such terms/phases of the following content would be advised...

”take their own life”; “ended their own life”; “died by suicide”; “attempted suicide”

 

 

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