Year: 2005 Source: Visions Journal, v.2, no.7, (Fall 2005), p.16-17 SIEC No: 20052160

This article discusses how the language people use to describe events relating to suicide not only reflects their attitudes but influences those attitudes as well as the attitudes of others. By using neutral & compassionate language when referring to suicide a powerful message can be sent. Rejection of the terms that cause shame & embarrassment will help break the silence making way for discussion, interaction, insight, & ultimately successful preventive research. (LC) (4 refs)