The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that educating the public regarding suicide may help in preventing people from doing such act. Popular people who have committed the act are often sensationalized in the papers and experts say that it might not be a good thing to show how much attention it is getting. The National Institution of Mental Health deems that the act of killing oneself is highly preventable but has become a public health problem since it is part of the top ten leading cause of death. The complexity of the mind may mask how the person would do the act, psychiatrists say. Some may leave notes or may present warning signs while others may not.
Media practitioners are asked by the WHO to choose wisely on how they present the facts because they might indirectly encourage them of doing the same act. Pictures and footages may be important details but it might leave a bad impression especially for the family of those who have died because they are still grieving for their loss. The headlines are important in communicating the news but the words are to be chosen carefully so as not to sensationalize the story, psychiatrists say. As some believe that the increasing thoughts of suicide may have been a side effect of the antidepressants that they have taken.
There are certain risks that predispose a person to such fate:
- Previous attempt may lead to another attempt.
- Mental illness such as depression may lead a person to see that this is a last recourse that they can take.
- Seeing their loved ones die of such fate may leave an indelible mark upon them.
- Substance abuse are said to be one of the main reasons that push a person to take their life. It may be that they are under the fit of delusions or they might be in the height of their emotions that they may do it.
- Witnessing violence, being a victim of abuse and violence or being incarcerated may affect how they would view their life. Some may feel that taking their life would give them freedom or release.
Recently, there were studies that show how medications may increase suicidal thoughts. To prevent the increase in the rate of self-slaughter, suicide hotlines were put up to help those who have troubled thoughts and are contemplating on doing it. A lawsuit was ensued and some found consolation in the filling lawsuits to Zoloft.