Food for Thought

There is no clear cut right or wrong to the language you use when talking about suicide however we would invite you to consider the following based on feedback provided by people who have experienced suicide attempts.

Instead of Using Interpretation Consider
Completed Suicide “Does this mean that by still being alive I’m incomplete”
  • Died by suicide
  • Suicide
  • Death by their own hand
Failed attempt “I’m a failure. I can’t even kill myself right”
  • Suicide attempt
Unsuccessful attempt “If I died, I’d be a success”“Surviving means I’m unsuccessful”
  • Suicide attempt
Committed suicide “I feel like a criminal”“I’m a criminal if I die by suicide”
  • Died by suicide
  • Suicide
  • Death by their own hand