Why We Need to Talk About ‘Quiet’ Suicide Attempts

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, but even though suicide awareness has spread rapidly in recent years, some types of suicides receive far more attention than others. While many might associate suicide attempts with a highly visible “cry for help” mentality, many suicide attempts remain unnoticed and untreated, and those who survive them often have to help themselves reorient to life after their “quiet” attempts.

Although there may be signs that someone is planning on attempting a “quiet” suicide, they’re subtle — which makes these attempts dangerous. People who plan on discreetly attempting suicide might not cry in front of others or vent about their problems. Instead, they might slowly change their appearance, tell family and friends how much they love them and plan out a suicide location that ensures that they won’t be found during their attempt. Unfortunately, to those who love quietly suicidal individuals, this behavior may come across more as signs of experimentation or love than as a precursor to a potentially fatal suicide attempt.

Quiet suicides are further complicated by the fact that they often don’t make sense to people who’ve never been suicidal. 

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