: A youth threatening suicide is not serious about it.
Fact: Youth who talk about suicide are serious risks. It's better to overestimate the risk of suicide and intervene than to ignore or minimize behaviors.
Myth: Suicide cannot be prevented because a suicidal youth will find a way to do it.
Fact: The keys to prevention are recognizing the warning signs and knowing what to do. Most suicidal youth do not want to die, they just want their pain to end.
Myth: Talking about suicide will cause youth to attempt.
Fact: Talk about suicide reduces the risk. Be direct in a caring, non-confrontational way. Open talk and concern are a source of relief and key for prevention.