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Why You Shouldn't Say Someone Is 'Threatening Suicide'

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There are many mental health phrases that I won’t use, mostly because some phrases are used to shame, stigmatize and/or dismiss certain people with mental illness.

Some phrases are technically applicable to many but only used against some. I won’t support that. One of the phrases I detest is “threatening suicide.” For some people with mental illness, the term “suicidal” or “suicidal ideation” might be used.

Other people get stuck with “threatening suicide.” In my experience, these are often patients that the health care system either doesn’t know how to treat or doesn’t want to treat.

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