This article is a sad but good read in explaining why we should not say someone “committed suicide” we should say “they died by suicide”. I challenge you all to take the words committed suicide out of your vocabulary after reading this and replace them with died by suicide if you must ever speak of a family member, friend, co worker, etc dying by suicide. When someone loses their battle to cancer and passes away we do not say they committed cancer we say they died by cancer. So in reality when someone loses their battle with mental health and passes away we shouldn’t say they committed suicide we should say they died by suicide due to mental health crisis.
Our 21-year-old son died by suicide in 2019, a fact I tell people as soon as I can bring it into conversation, so that they’ll understand who we are as a family and as human beings. I bring the unmentionable into the light because it’s a fact of our lives, and his, that we can’t ignore or deny. I can’t bring my son back. But as a bereaved parent, I can ask one thing of the rest of the world. I can, in fact, insist.
Don’t say committed suicide. Please say, henceforth, that a person died by suicide.
We no longer presume people with schizophrenia are possessed by demons or that the chronically depressed are cursed. But suicide as the felo de se, crime against oneself, is still the ultimate taboo, even as we staff hotlines and share social media posts to prevent it. The prohibition persists. Read More at HuffPost.