Thank you for watching Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know.
This video was produced several years ago and although the clinical information remains up to date, there has been a change in the language that is used to talk about suicide. Instead of using the word COMMIT to describe the act of suicide, the field has shifted to using the expression ‘died by suicide’. This latter phrase seems less perjorative since the word ‘commit’ is usually applied as a descriptor of things in a negative context.
In the video, you will hear the word ‘commit’ used by a mother to describe her son’s death by suicide. We understand the particular reasons this mother used that word and we respect her right of language choice, while at the same time recognizing that the phrase ‘died by suicide’ is currently the more accepted form of description of a suicide death.
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The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide thanks you for your commitment to helping us with our mission to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through educational training programs.