Myths and facts about suicide from individuals involved in suicide prevention

David R. Schurtz, Julie Cerel, Philip Rodgers

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Myth-busting, in which a so-called myth is presented and dispelled by facts, is used in suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings such as QPR. Evidence from other areas of public health shows this technique leads to memory for myths and not facts. An internet survey was used to determine if the "myths" and "facts" presented in QPR are endorsed as such by the suicidology community and to determine if demographics influenced statement identification. Overall, statements did reflect the opinions of the suicidology community and any type of training increased correct identification. Future research should focus on whether myth-busting is an appropriate strategy for suicidology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-352
Number of pages7
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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