Understanding Suicide

Suicide affects many families, workplaces, services, schools and communities.

Suicide arises from a complex interaction between many vulnerabilities, risk factors and triggers in a person’s life. However, suicide can also be influenced by social and economic circumstances and differences between cultures and individuals’ experiences in society.

It is not easy to understand what compels a person to take their own life, especially for those who have never experienced such overwhelming feelings. Accurate information about suicide is important in order to identify those who may need more support and to debunk some common myths about suicide.

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