UK Suicide

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

Steve Annett | Posted 20.04.2014 | 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 15.04.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 26.03.2014 | 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
Read More: Suicide, Asda, UK News

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 06.03.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 24.02.2014 | 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.

'Internet Suicide' Study To Search For Link Between The Web And Self Harm

Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Tech

A study to investigate the impact of the internet on suicide has been announced as official figures show nearly 6,000 people killed themselves in 2012...

Man Tries To Feed Himself To Tigers At Zoo

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK

A mentally ill man wanted to improve the lives of caged tigers at a local zoo by offering them himself to eat. Zoo keepers managed to save the lif...

Are Men Afraid of Therapy?

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Kallenbach

As a couple's counsellor, I find that it is mostly the women who bring their husbands or male partners along with them, often pulling them by the scruff of their neck through the door. But once settled in, and a therapeutic alliance is formed between the therapist and the couple, work can begin in earnest.

The Pursuit of Happiness...

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Sad news this week of two City bankers who committed suicide, both in the prime of their lives. We have all visited that dark place where we have contemplated whether life continues to be worth living. Just this week, a friend send me a plaintive message that read something like this: 'life, job, love, all suck'.

They Found Mike! Man Reunited With Stranger Who Saved Him From Suicide

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK

A man who launched an emotional appeal to find the stranger who saved him from suicide has achieved his goal. After millions of people lent their s...

Poorna Bell

'People Who Self-Harm Will Do So Anyway': A Report On The Role Of Social Media In Self-Harming

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

“People often try to keep self-harm a secret because of shame or fear of discovery,” says the NHS website, but a growing occurrence is of young pe...

Six Reasons Why My Attempted Suicide Changed My Life

Mark Bowness | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Bowness

At the age of 26 my wife had walked out the door on our three year marriage. As I sat in our apartment surrounded by the life that we had built together my thoughts turned to a dark bleak future that I did not want to face. In a severe state of depression I turned to google and typed in the search term 'most painless and quickest way to die'.

Tumblr Vows To Tackle Self-Harm Content After Talented Teen Commits Suicide

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Social networking site Tumblr said it was committed to continually improving its ability to act on self-harm content after a talented young teenager c...

'Find The Stranger Who Saved Me From Suicide'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A man has launched an emotional appeal to find the stranger who saved him from suicide. Jonny Benjamin is looking for the the kind-hearted man who ...

Tragedy Of The Girl Who Could Only Live Online

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A talented teenage ballerina who was addicted to the internet, created an online alter ego before throwing herself in front of a train. Tallulah Wi...

Afghan Girl 'Suicide Bomber' Refuses To Return To Family

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A 10-year-old girl trussed up in explosives and sent to blow-up a checkpoint has told Afghan police she will not return to her "abusive" family. Th...