UK Suicide

Teenage Boy, 14, 'Committed Suicide After Video Of Him Masturbating Went Viral'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK

A 14-year-old boy killed himself after a video of him masturbating in a school bathroom went viral, his parents claim. Matthew Burdette took his o...

The Dirty Secret of the Happiness Movement: A Focus on Raising Average Happiness May Be Costing Lives

Ed Pinkney | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

It's easy to say what matters most is happiness. It's easy to say we should put people's happiness first. It's easy to say that something is good because it makes the majority of people happy. What's not so easy is to talk about whether the happiness of some may be coming at a human cost.

Recession 'Led To 10,000 Suicides'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

Lost jobs, plummeting home values and a stock market free-fall led to a huge rise in suicides during the recent recession, according to a new study. ...

The Suicidal Society

Nick Clements | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

We are a happy and simple people, that's all we wish for. I've never been to your lands, but I can feel what you are doing. It feels like a very grim, unhappy place where you live. You must only ever talk about death.' The Eastern European shaman was talking about the Western European culture.

How Farage's Alleged Mistress Attempted Suicide After Bust-Up With Wife

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

The ex-Ukip spin doctor accused of an affair with Nigel Farage has said she tried to take her own life just hours after being confronted by his irate ...

How to Help Young Adults With Mental Health Issues

Martha Roberts | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Martha Roberts

As I drove home from a recent night out, a young woman stumbled out of the darkness into the road ahead of me. She was extremely distressed so I offered to drive her home. During our journey, Lara* told me that her dad hated her and that she was totally devastated by this...

Assisted Suicide: Opening the Floodgates

Jane Powell | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Powell

Do I believe everyone has the right to take their life? I think I probably do, but we're looking at this from the wrong end. What's unacceptable is that thousands of people reach a point where they feel that the physical or emotional pain they're suffering is so great that a painful death is better than a painful life, that they have no other option but to end it.

'No Evidence' Ask.fm Suicide Teen Was Cyberbullied, Inquest Hears

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK

A police investigation into the death of a 14-year-old found hanged in her bedroom uncovered no evidence that she was the victim of internet bullying,...

Young Death, How Do We Comfort?

Miranda Wilson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Miranda Wilson

It's a tough one to embrace. I can hear my upbringing saying, "Surely letting go of the pain is a betrayal to their memory." But is it? Perhaps the bigger betrayal is to hold onto the pain and allow it to define us. To hold onto the belief that somehow their death was wrong.

Revealed: Kurt Cobain's Never-Before-Seen Note About Wife Courtney Love Is Not Very Flattering At All (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

Twenty years after his suicide, further intriguing insights into the troubled life of Kurt Cobain continue to emerge. The latest exhibit – a not...

What I Would've Missed Out On If I'd Committed Suicide

Danny Baker | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

As anyone who's ever suffered from clinical depression will tell you, it's an expert at convincing you that your despair is eternal, and destined to oppress you for the rest of your days. And it was when I was in that horrifically black place, staring down the barrel of what I truly believed would only be a lifetime of wretched agony, that my thoughts turned to suicide.

It's the Fact That Suicide Is So Highly Stigmatised That Underlies the Unhelpful Response

Steve Annett | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK
Steve Annett

I am convinced that it's the fact that suicide is so highly stigmatised that underlies the unhelpful response that suicidal individuals often evoke from others. After centuries of being branded as sinful, the shame and guilt attached to suicidal thoughts, feelings and actions have a powerful persistence. More than 50 years after suicide ceased to be illegal in the UK we continue describing those who take their own lives as having 'committed' suicide, as if it were still a criminal act. It's little wonder therefore that those who fall victim to this distressing and life threatening mental health issue tend to keep their darkest thoughts and feelings to themselves.

Time to Listen and Change Views on Mental Health

Matt Clifton | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Being diagnosed with Mental Health, in particular Depression and Anxiety at the age of 14 years was not easy to cope with. I worried about telling other people that I had Mental Health, it was never taught on the school curriculum and it appeared to me at the time, that many wouldn't understand the condition.

Social Media Is Changing the Way We Think

Leo Garbutt | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

You know the situation well. You sit down with some close friends, enjoying a good conversation for a few minutes. Then someone checks their phone. You see another friend pick up hers, then another friend follows suit and, in a moment, they are all silent; transfixed by the screens in front of them.

The Man Bible and Male Suicide

Jane Powell | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Jane Powell

We are double blind to the issue, we've our fingers in our ears when suicide is mentioned, and this wanton deafness pops up when it comes to our attitudes towards men being weak. Better to blank both issues, most particularly when the two combine. And so we have a society where suicide accounts for the lives of more men aged 20-49 than any other single cause. Bigger than road deaths. I write this having watched Newsnight bemoan the 68 deaths a year from illegal highs, or around one death a week. By comparison 12 UK male deaths a day should warrant a series.

How Likely Is Pilot Suicide a Cause of the Malaysian Airlines Crash - In the Opinion of Mental Health Experts?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The current theory apparently being promoted by officials is that the crash of the Malaysian plane may have been an act of suicide, most probably by a...

Woman Dies After 'Stabbing Herself In Neck In Asda'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
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A woman is believed to have committed suicide at an Asda supermarket. West Yorkshire police were called to reports that a woman with "serious injur...

Poorna Bell

The Reasons For Suicide Are Complex Say Experts, But There Is Help At Hand

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the aftermath of L'Wren Scott's suicide, there have been endless column inches dedicated to exploring the reasons why she felt compelled to take he...

Deadly Trend Resurfaces At Orange Mobile

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

An investigation has been launched after ten people at Orange Mobile killed themselves in just seven weeks, most over what company says are "work-rela...

Revealed: Unseen Photos From The Scene Of Kurt Cobain's Suicide (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Seattle Police have released previously unseen images showing drug paraphernalia at the scene of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. The Nirvana frontman too...

BREAKING L'Wren Scott Dead: Mick Jagger's Girlfriend Found In NYC Apartment

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK

L'Wren Scott, the fashion designer girlfriend of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger has reportedly been found dead. The 49-year-old's assistant found her h...

Join the Million Women Rising Against Male Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

The cost of domestic violence alone to the UK economy is £23 billion pounds a year with approximately 1 in 8 women experiencing domestic violence every year.

Is Male a Dirty Word?

Jane Powell | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Powell

At the start of this year CALM named 2014 as 'Year of the Male', an opportunity to understand why 77% of suicides in the UK are men. A challenge has come back that even the name 'Year of the Male' is too political and would upset feminists. This has left me thinking long and hard. It seems strange that it's OK to talk about women's issues but not men's.

An Open Letter to Penny Smith and Jim Davis on Mental Illness and Stigma

Tim Squirrell | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Squirrell

Dear Penny and Jim, I'm writing to thank you for having me on The Breakfast Show on BBC London last Thursday. I don't know if you remember me; you were running a news piece about the tragic death of Tallulah Wilson, a girl who suffered from an eating disorder and subsequently killed herself in late 2012...

The Story of a Boy Who Nearly Wasn't

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

After a short stay in hospital, to allow Joyce to recover from the delivery, mother and son came home. Waiting for the boy was a tiny Luton Town football strip, and a house full of love. However baby Michael, for it had been decided to name the new born after his father, would not stop crying.