ANSWERS TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE

True False I don’t know
1. When people are depressed we should tell them to look on the bright side of things? þ
2. Everyone reacts the same way to stress? þ
3. People who are depressed are just seeking attention. þ
4 If people don’t tell me they are depressed, then I would not know. þ
5. It is not necessary to refer people for professional assistance – I can always help them on my own. þ
6. We should always suppress our emotions and not let anyone know how we are really feeling. þ
7. It is selfish to take time to look after ourselves. þ
8. It is really comforting to others when we say “I know how you feel”. þ
9. It is a strong person who asks for help, not a sign of weakness. þ
10. Committing suicide is a coward’s way out. þ
11. Do not ask someone if they have thought of suicide.  It will give them the idea. þ
12. Taking medication for depression is enough treatment. þ
13. Only weak people need to go to a psychologist or counsellor þ
14. One in three people in South Africa will suffer from a mental disorder at some time. þ
15. Depression can affect ones relationships, job and family functioning. þ

Stella & the Ed-Unique Team