It is encouraged that we start to reject the term "commit" and instead use language that is more neutral and respectful, and which demonstrates both sensitivity and compassion. By doing so, we can help end the silence about suicide, engage in healthier discussions surrounding the topic, and better support and help patients and their families.
To read more about the language of suicide, including the history behind using the word "commit" and the impact of its use, and to learn more appropriate terms to use instead, please visit the links below.
- "Suicide and Language: Why We Shouldn't Use The 'C' Word" by Susan Beaton, Dr Peter Forster and Dr Myfanwy (Australian Psychological Society)
- "Suicide and Language" by Doris Sommer-Rotenberg (CMAJ)
- "Please Stop Saying 'Committed' Suicide" by Kyle Freeman (Walking 18 Miles In My Brother's Memory blog)