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6. Should We Stop Saying ‘Commit Suicide’?


We have been using the expression ‘commit suicide’ when referring to people who take their own life. It has been brought to our attention that this term should not be used as it implies a sin or a crime has been ‘committed’. Going forward we will no longer use this term but instead will use other expressions such as ‘ended their own life’ or ‘died by suicide’.

We would like to apologise if we have caused offence by the use of this term.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 which is a time to focus on developing suicide prevention strategies worldwide. Life is precious and suicide is a desperate act by someone who feels living is no longer an option. But suicide is preventable and with the right help and support it is possible to turn things around and realise that life is worth living.

Related: Suicide Resources