UK Suicide

More Than Words

Thomas Lynch | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Lynch

Mental health has been part of my life since I was a teenager as my dad suffered with depression. At his lowest point he had suicidal thoughts. Luckily he recovered.

Suicide Rate Three Times Higher Among Construction Workers, Union Warns

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Politics

Construction workers are three times more likely to take their own life than the rest of the population, disturbing figures show. Data from the Office...

More Students Than Ever Are Reporting Mental Health Problems - To Thrive After Brexit, We Need A Healthy, Happy, Educated Workforce

Craig Thorley | Posted 16.09.2017 | UK Politics
Craig Thorley

Government and the NHS must also do more to protect and promote students' mental health. As a first step, a forthcoming government green paper should identify students' particular mental health needs and set out solutions. The May government has so far talked a good talk on mental health, but is not yet clear how this will translate to improved support for students. Brexit is bringing new urgency to questions about what kind of society we want to be. To thrive outside the EU, the UK will need an educated workforce - but also a workforce that is healthy, happy and resilient.

Mental Ill Health Should Be Neither A Cause Or Result Of Contact With The Criminal Justice System - But It Is

Dr Onkar Sahota | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Onkar Sahota

Mental health is rightly moving up the agenda in London. The Mayor of London has launched Thrive LDN, a city-wide movement, to raise awareness and challenge the stigmatisation of mental health issues. But does it ignore offenders and ex-offenders?

SUICIDE: How To Break The Deafening Silence

Liz Edge | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Edge

Suicide is a complex topic; full of misunderstandings and bereavement. Yet, we don't all need to be experts in this field to help break the silence. Of course, we need to be wise about how to talk about it; but that doesn't mean we should stay silent.

Where Would You Go If You Had Suicidal Thoughts?

Rachael Newham | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Newham

Hope is not found in claiming that suicide is the unforgivable sin (it's not but that's a matter for another piece). It's not found in telling people to pull themselves together, or banishing them from our churches and communities. It's found in allowing people to give voice to their darkest and scariest thoughts.

Deaths By Suicide May Be Falling, But We Must Realise That Every Single One Can Be Prevented

Poorna Bell | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

It's wonderful news that suicide rates among adults have fallen in the UK and are at a six-year low. But although prevention work by the government has been cited as a reason for success, I'd argue that not enough is being done. We could get there a lot faster and be way more effective about reducing suicides if the government actually prioritised this. We are still behind where we need to be and I'm left wondering what more justification does our government need to take things seriously?

Why We Need To 'Unmute' Conversations About Men's Mental Health This World Suicide Prevention Day

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Suicide statistics may have reached a six-year low, but now is not the time to take suicide and mental health awareness off the agenda. Men still acco...

Suicide Prevention Must Stay At The Top Of The Agenda

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

That the number of suicides in 2016 had dropped by 202 compared with 2015 is welcome. But, we need to remember that every suicide is a tragedy that leaves devastation in its wake. In 2016, 5,668 people took their own lives.

Regional Differences In Suicide Rates May Shed Light On More Effective Prevention

Dr Amy Pollard | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK
Dr Amy Pollard

So why are the Midlands bucking the trend? What is happening in these areas that is stopping people reaching the levels of distress and despair that leads them to take their lives? These differences are a reminder to us that effective action can be taken at local level to prevent suicide.

We Need To Talk More About Male Suicide

Charlie Smith | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Smith

If they tell you that they're at risk of hurting themselves, don't be afraid to call in additional support. If you're worried they're about to harm themselves, you can call a local crisis team, or an ambulance. Getting in additional help doesn't make you a 'bad' friend, and it doesn't mean you're betraying their trust. Instead, it means that you're taking male suicide seriously.

Blogger Shares The Danger Of Saying 'You Don't Look Suicidal' With Two Striking Photos

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A blogger has reminded the world mental illness does not have “one face” by sharing two contrasting photos of her taken when she was having suicid...

1000 Miles Of Madness Indeed... One Father's Response

Neil Manaley | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Manaley

The 13 mile drive to my parents, alone with my thoughts, was torture, my mind played with the carefully chosen words of the police, fuelling my imagination. When, after an eternity, I got to the front door of my parents house, I was greeted by a police officer.

How It Feels To Stop Being Suicidal

Scott Manley Hadley | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Manley Hadley

My name is Scott Manley Hadley and I have recently had a breakdown. For a few weeks, I was suicidal. I made multiple plans for how I was going to end my life, and I made steps towards carrying out several of these plans. In the end, though, I never put myself in serious danger because I was too scared.

The Ying And Yang Of Content Moderation In The Age Of Netflix

Ed Pinkney | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Tech
Ed Pinkney

Media producers and regulators need to take a considered approach to how they portray suicide in drama and film. Campaigners can learn from other public health debates such as the portrayal of cigarette smoking.

Suicide And Carers: Caring For The One You Love Is A Privilege And A Joy, But It Can Push You To The Point Of Crisis

Joy Hibbins | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

Having been a carer, and having experienced such a deterioration of my own mental health, I can say without reservation that it was not the caring role which made me so ill. It was that I did it without support. I had no idea that continuing to care alone would have had such an effect on my health. Like the man who died, I had had no serious mental illness previously.

We Need A Mental Health System That Is Aware Of Taboos Relating To BAME Communities

Nikhwat Marawat | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nikhwat Marawat

Many times, I've read articles saying it's time to talk, mental health is important and every other recycled term relating to mental health. Honestly, every time I've agreed with them, we do need to talk, mental health IS important and every recycled term surrounding mental health stands.

Shedding Light On An Awareness Day

Dr Rachel Thomas | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK
Dr Rachel Thomas

Today, Monday was Samaritan's Awareness Day. So what? And what even is that? I can actually hear a few of you saying this, as you deliberate about r...

Suicide: Bereaved Families Need Legal Support At Inquests

Joy Hibbins | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

One by one, the solicitors arrived at the coroner's court. They looked confident and prepared. They clearly knew their way around the court. Four diff...

Samaritans Teams Up With Hairdressers To Highlight The Life-Saving Power Of Listening

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Suicide prevention charity Samaritans is calling on hairdressers and barbers across the UK to help let people know that listening saves lives. There a...

Chester Bennington And Chris Cornell Aren't Just Celebrities, These Are Men You Know

Poorna Bell | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Someone like a Chester Bennington or a Chris Cornell may only die once a year or every few months. But let us never forget that men like them die every single day - 12, every day, to be precise. And every one of those deaths is a travesty. Every one of those men had parents and someone who loved them.

Chester Bennington's Passing Is A Stark Reminder Of The Seriousness Of Depression But There Is Hope

James Woods | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
James Woods

I can say that without any doubt, at all, there is an alternative to suicide. If you are suffering from depression or another mental illness, it can be incredibly difficult to see through the dark clouds but the light is on the other side of those clouds and whilst there is no easy fix there is always a way forward.

Depression Is The Silent Killer In Our Society

Rabbil Sikdar | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rabbil Sikdar

Particularly within Muslim South Asian communities, mental illness is dismissed because supposedly all prayers can cure sadness. Depression is regarded as a lack of faith. The low energy and motivation to do anything, the distancing from the things you love, become seen as signs of weak faith.

There's Nothing Wrong With Men Crying

Bradley Cates | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

Does crying make you any less of a man? Of course not. Crying is an emotion, like joy and fear. It's perfectly natural. So why is it considered a bad thing to do if you're a man?

Universities Must Do More To Protect 'At Risk' Students From Suicide, Say Experts

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A national inquiry into suicide among young people has prompted experts to demand universities do more to support “at risk” students. Researchers...