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https://mindandthegap.com: Misperceptions about depression kill people. You may think that I’m being extreme by making this statement, but it’s true. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 264 million people suffer from depression worldwide (1). Not every person with depression experiences suicidal thoughts. But, the rates of suicide for those with depression are high. One study predicted that those with depression are 27 times more likely to die by suicide than the general public (2). But, how do misperceptions about depression play into individuals’ deaths? Many suicidal individuals reach out for help in the month before their death (3). Sometimes, our well-meaning responses deepen depressed individuals’ feelings of hopelessness and despair.