UK Suicide

Passengers Complain After Announcer Apparently Says Person Under Train 'Couldn't Be Bothered To Live'

PA | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK

A rail company has apologised after customers complained about a "shocking" announcement made on the loudspeaker about a death on the line. Passeng...

'Walking Out of Darkness' Event Reminded Me Why I Am Still Here

Rachel Egan | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

A year ago on 16th May 2014, I was making daily calls to the Samaritans and was coping with suicidal feelings so strong that I could barely leave the house due to the dangerously close proximity of a train station nearby where I vividly pictured the end of my life taking place.

The Night I Wanted to Jump Off Waterloo Bridge

Sanchita Islam | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Sanchita Islam

Jonny Benjamin's recent documentary The Stranger On The Bridge struck a chord. His campaign to find Mike, who turned out to be an affable chap called Neil, touched the hearts and minds of millions the world over. It's mental health awareness week and these are my thoughts.

Emotions Don't Emasculate: Male Celebrities Open Up On Their Mental Health Struggles

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Suicide is the cause of death for a quarter of males aged 20-34. This shocking statistic, combined with the tragic death of Lil Chris in March, ha...

When Life Reflects Art: Is Fact Stranger Than Fiction?

Mark Piggott | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Piggott

On 14 January 2008, Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide. Then a stranger stopped him, told him things would get better, and ...

Suicide Is NOT Selfish

Claire Greaves | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Suicide is heart breaking, utterly devastating and painful for all involved. It is not selfish. If someone dies from cancer or asthma then it is not selfish. If someone travels to Switzerland for euthanasia then it is not selfish. It is not selfish if someone's mental illness kills them or if someone feels unable to live their life.

Oxford Students Demand Better Mental Health Support

The Huffington Post UK | Alice Johnston | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University Student Union is calling for increased support and respect for mentally ill students. The Union is proposing a "mental health cha...

Would I Have Stopped Andreas Lubitz From Flying?

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

As a psychiatrist I often send reports to occupational health departments based on my risk assessment. I found myself last week asking would I have pulled this pilot's license based on my assessment? And the honest answer is no.

Monsters in the Media Part 2: The Harmful Nature of Speculating on Andrea Lubitz's Mental Health

Rachel Egan | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Rachel Egan

The truth is that at this stage we have no idea what caused Andreas Lubitz's decision to end his own life and that of the 149 other passengers on his plane. So why then did the Daily Mail feel it was fitting to ascertain that the depressive episode which occurred six years ago must have something to do with this disaster?

My Mental Illness Inspired My Ambition to Fix Other Young People's Minds

Danny Bowman | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

I made a decision to change myself. I was no longer happy, or confident with my appearance. When I looked in the mirror, all I could see was a big nose, bad skin and an overweight figure. As time went on I became obsessed with the mirror, checking it up to 10 hours a day.

Police Hunt Onlookers Who Shouted 'Jump' And Filmed Distressed Man

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK

Police have slammed onlookers who cruelly taunted and filmed a distressed man before he fell to his death – and warned they could face arrest. T...

How Much Does Mental Illness Cost?

Claire Greaves | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

My mental illness has cost me a lot but the transactions stop here, I will no longer allow it to take payments in the form of my life, my soul and my memories. I will be the person I was born to be and I will life my life and make memories worth remembering. I owe my illness nothing.

Facebook Is Working To Cut Suicide Rates

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Tech

Facebook has rolled out a series of new tools designed to help those who might be considered a suicide risk. The tools will range from allowing users ...

Poorna Bell

'The Man Most Likely To Consider Suicide Is The Life And Soul Of A Party'

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to understanding male suicide, we need to overturn everything we think we know about it. Most of the cases aren't the obvious at-risk pe...

The Silence

Lisa Edwards | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I've not talked about this for years, so here goes. Here's my Great Taboo. I tried to kill myself when I was 19 or 20 - the event is so shrouded by silence I can't even remember exactly when it happened. I won't go into why I felt so crap about life, but I did. I now know that what I did was a cry for help, that I wanted to be found and thankfully I was.

Urinals and "Man Blanking"

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

I acknowledge the annoyance that some of you might have with men. But what I do find interesting in all the irritation directed at the male sex is the shrinking space available for men to just be themselves.

Clarke Carlisle Responds To Ralf Little's Twitter Rant About His Suicide Attempt

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Sport

UPDATE: Clarke Carlisle Reveals The 'History' Behind Ralf Little's Twitter Outburst Clarke Carlisle has responded to Ralf Little’s twitter rant i...

#TimeToTalk: I Thought Depression and Anxiety Happened to Other People

Dan Harris | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Harris

For me depression and anxiety happened to other people, my life was all rainbows and fairy cakes. I'd gone to university in September 2009 and was, it seemed, managing. I'd adjusted well, made friends and everything was exciting.

#TimeToTalk: I Thought This Was 'Normal' - Until I Was Admitted to Hospital

May Gabriel | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
May Gabriel

Up until that day when I was admitted to hospital I thought this was all 'normal', I thought this was how life worked. Mental illnesses weren't something that happened to 'normal' people, and they most certainly weren't something to be spoken about.

Ralf Little Twitter Storm Over 'Crass' Remarks About Clarke Carlisle's Suicide Bid

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Sport

UPDATE: Clarke Carlisle Reveals The 'History' Behind Ralf Little's Twitter Outburst Clarke Carlisle Responds To Ralf Little's Twitter Rant About Hi...

Suicide: The Silent Taboo Among Our Male Teens and Young Men

Alexandra Massey | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

It's very difficult to talk about suicide to others without encountering horror and fear. This must be an offshoot from when attempting suicide was considered a criminal offence. Coupled with what we imagine someone must be feeling to want to take their own life.

Is Suicide A Cowardly Act?

Tom Haward | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

Is suicide a cowardly act? That question is neither helpful or relevant. What's truly important is understanding that many people with mental illness are trying to quiet the storm raging in their mind and we need to provide space, time, love and listening to enable that storm to pass.

Former Fox News Employee Shoots Self Outside News Corp Offices For 'Ending My Career'

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK

A man has reportedly shot and killed himself outside Fox News headquarters in New York. The 41-year-old man died after the shooting at the News Co...

'Suicide Is Not A Fashion Statement': Kurt Cobain Death Note T-Shirts Pulled

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK

Two online retailers have pulled fashion T-shirts featuring the suicide note of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain from sale. The handwritten note was p...

Transgender Girl Pleads With Us To 'Fix Society' In Tumblr Suicide Note

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK

Leelah Alcorn left a heartbreaking suicide note on her Tumblr blog before walking out onto a busy road. The 17-year-old scheduled the post to go li...