Stop Saying "Committed Suicide"
Committed suicide? As a person who attempted suicide and lost my 14-year-old cousin to suicide, I would like you to know that it is insensitive to say that someone “committed suicide.” September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and National Recovery Month, so I’m educating those connected to me on why they shouldn’t say “committed suicide.”
It blames the individual instead of the mental illness (or circumstances) that influenced their action. Would you say that someone who died by cancer or diabetes committed to their death? Did the person who fell asleep driving and died commit to their death? The answer is most likely, “no.” It’s something we say as a society without realizing how someone else may interrupt it. Yes, I’ve even heard therapists say it too, and I know no one means anything harmful by it, but it can be.
It may not seem like a big deal to you, but it is to some of us who are survivors. Words have power and have the ability to leave life-long scars. Let’s stop placing blame. Instead, please change it to “died by suicide.”