The compelling and disturbing report about the high rate of suicide of children on reservations [“ Childhoods lost ,” front page, March 10] and an accompanying photo caption used the typical language about suicide, front and center: “[A] Native American girl and her father committed suicide.”

“Committed suicide” implies that the victim has completed a crime, as in “committed homicide.” The Post should consider using less accusatory tones. As the article noted, the vast majority of victims suffer from severe mental illness. It is tragic that so many die by suicide.

Elizabeth Morrison, Chevy Chase

The writer is a past president of the Washington
Psychiatric Society.