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You Need To Stop Saying ‘Commit Suicide’

​How the language stigmatizes people struggling with suicidal ideation.

Photo by Vincent Foret on Unsplash

When you commit something, it implies that you commit a crime. Legally, to commit means “to send a person to prison…for the commission of a crime, offense or misdemeanor, or for a contempt.” So when we say someone “commits suicide,” we’re implying that their taking their own…



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Ryan Fan

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