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Deconstructing 'Myths About Suicide'

Apr 28, 2010 (Talk of the Nation)

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There are many myths about suicide: that it's an act of selfishness, that it's cowardly, that it's just a cry for help.

Psychologist Thomas Joiner has studied suicide his entire professional life — and says much of what we assume about suicide is wrong. In Myths About Suicide, Joiner explains why we have so many misconceptions about this heart-wrenching facet of human behavior.

With better understanding, Joiner says, we can do a better job of preventing suicide — and supporting those it leaves behind.

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