Together, let's change the definition of suicide

 i understand believes that one important step to eliminating the stigma of suicide is to change the definition of the word itself. Updating the stigmatizing definition about intentionally taking one’s own life to one about suicide’s role as a terminal side effect of mental illness or pain will open up conversation about mental health and encourage those who are struggling to seek help.

Dictionary Definition


1. the intentional taking of one's own life.

2. the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally.

Source:, Merriam-Webster Dictionary

i understand Definition


1. a terminal side effect of mental illness 

2. the result of wanting one's physical or emotional pain to end.

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