Fredric Matteson is a counselor specializing in suicide and suicidal ideology.

He shares his top three myths and top three truths.

--Myth 1: Asking someone about suicide will cause him to become suicidal.

--Myth 2: Young children, ages 5 through 12, cannot be suicidal.

-- Myth 3: Suicides always happen in an impulsive moment.

--Truth 1: There is a language of suicide, a language that suicidal people speak.

--Truth 2: Suicide is a failed initiation: being suicidal is an identity crisis of the human spirit.

--Truth 3: Suicide is a symptom of an underlying problem - not depression.

Please check out these additional resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (this number is staffed 24 hours a day)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website:

Teen Link Helpline: 866-TEENLINK (866-833-6546) - this number is staffed from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Teen Link website:

The Trevor Project (dedicated to helping those in the LGBTQ community): 866-488-7386

The Trevor Project website:

Crisis Text Line (24/7 text support from trained crisis counselors):

Center for Non-violent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg –

Inside Out Disney Movie

Seattle Young People’s Project – (youth empowerment/legitimization of youth voice) (Media Plan also available in Spanish)

American Academy of Pediatrics – (suicide prevention, LGBTQ care)

Seattle Children’s – (anxiety management, depression management)

The Jordan Binion Project