Vocabulary


DO look for links to broader social issues.

DO include reference to the suffering of victims & survivors.

DO tell others considering suicide how they can get help.

DON’T shy away from writing about suicide.

DON’T suggest nothing can be done.

DON’T go into details about the method used.

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



THIS IS NOT A CRISIS CENTRE

Charity organization: 118828904RR0001

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
PO Box 53082,  RPO Rideau Centre
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1C5

Phone: (613) 702-4446
Fax: (613) 209-4932

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