The language we use to discuss suicide is important as it conveys implicit and explicit messages. It shapes our understanding of it and how we engage in conversation about it. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is defined as a death caused by self-directed, injurious behavior with the intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed potentially injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt might not result in injury. Finally, suicidal ideation refers to thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.