UK Suicide

The True Meaning of Dignity

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

We can take action to help people hold on to their dignity. Encouraging men to strengthen social relationships can help to fend off loneliness and make it easier for them to talk about what is bothering them so it doesn't build up to a crisis without release.

Darkness Even in Paradise

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

My impression was that New Zealand is a virgin, not yet corrupted by greed and ruthless competition. People here are sweet, not aggressive. Even the birds are friendly. There have never been any predators so even the robins come up and stare at you with absolutely no fear; practically feeding you crumbs

Suicide Prevention Month: What's Your Survival Trigger?

Jojo Furnival | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Often, everything in life seems very complicated, and anxiety can cause us to over-complicate matters in our own minds. But when it comes to the very darkest moments in our lives, it all boils down to a single choice: To keep going or not.

Counselling Opens Wounds - But That Isn't the Problem

Jake Mills | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jake Mills

The issue for me wasn't necessarily the opening of the wounds, instead the fact that the one hour a week sessions didn't give me sufficient enough time to allow those wounds to be closed and healed again.

I Was Late Home Last Night

Frankie Lowe | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Frankie Lowe

That's the thing, isn't it? It's one thing to moan about the selfish bridge jumper when you're at the back of a three mile pile-up, but it's another thing when you have felt the very vehicle you are sitting in steamroller over flesh and bones.

Comedian Simon Rakoff: Making Ugly Truths Palatable

Liberty Forrest | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Comedy
Liberty Forrest

(Photo of Simon Rakoff courtesy of Alex Urosevic) Like so many other people on the planet, I grew up in an environment that was loaded with abuse a...

Mental Illness Can Be Devastating, But It Gets Brighter

Daniel Morris | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Morris

Recovery can be a frustratingly slow process, but it is possible.  Seek help, be patient, and trust that it gets brighter.  If not today, then the next day.

Focusing on the Prevention of Suicide in Bipolar I Disorder

Professor Maurizio Pompili | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Professor Maurizio Pompili

It is a sad fact that 90 per cent of all suicide cases worldwide have an association with mental health disorders.(i) This is especially prevalent amo...

We Should Be Pushing for Better Assisted Living, Not Assisted Dying

Liz Carr | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Liz Carr

We would all prefer a pain free death with dignity. But this law is not the way to achieve it. Anyone can have worth and dignity if they have proper care and support - and that's what we should be pushing for. Assisted living not assisted dying.

Why We Should Ask The Question 'Are You Okay?' Everyday

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While the internet gets fully behind World Suicide Prevention Day, a lesser known awareness campaign called RUOK? is also in full swing. RUOK? day ...

Three Words Could Save a Life

Garreth Broke | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Garreth Broke

When I first posted this on Facebook, I had no idea how much of an impact it would make. Now, two months later, I can honestly say it has changed my life...

You Don't Need to Be an Expert Listener to Reach Out

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Sutherland

Listening really does have the power to dramatically change how someone is feeling. At a time when you believe you are not worth caring about, somebody asking you how you are can alter your point of view and bring peace of mind.

World Suicide Prevention Day '15

Ant Meads | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ant Meads

No matter how much my exhausted mind tried to move the thought process on they came back to me. Could I really face another day like today? Could I really just go to bed again now and wake up and do it all over again? I could end it. The physical pain, the mental exhaustion, the utter despair and hopelessness I felt could all end.

We Have a National Difficulty in Talking About Suicide - But Talking About It Is the First Step to Helping

Alistair Burt | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burt

We are now better than ever before at talking about mental health and I want to thank all those who have told me - and others - their stories and experiences - both good and bad. Their stories move me and spur me on to do all I can to continue to improve mental health services. I think each and every person involved is providing such care with such commitment.

Suicide Prevention Is a Tough Subject for Those of Us Left Behind

Poorna Bell | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

"How could I have prevented it?" It's the question every person asks if their lives have been touched by the death of a loved one who killed themselves. It doesn't matter if you were the distant friend who saw them once a year or the spouse who kissed them goodbye hours before. It haunts your every waking moment. Every last moment is pulled into sharp focus: the last meeting you cancelled, the fight you had, the phone call you didn't make, the I Love You that stayed inside your mouth. My husband Rob passed away from suicide this year, a lost battle against a depression that had gripped him for decades. How could I have prevented it? It is a question I ask myself every day.

Ten Myths Told to Convince You Assisted Dying Should Be Legalised

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

As the House of Commons vote on the First Reading of Rob Marris' Assisted Dying bill comes near, I feel it is time for another article on what is a ve...

University Blamed After Student Who Was 'Raped By Fellow Undergraduate' Commits Suicide At Parents' Home

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The family of a student who committed suicide at her parents' home after saying she was raped by a fellow undergraduate has slammed the university for...

A Ticking Time Bomb?

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

It doesn't need great powers of deduction to see that rising levels of distress among our young people is likely to translate into more adults who are struggling to cope in the future. Samaritans already answers 5m calls for help a year from adults.

Man, 24, Falls To His Death Trying To Help Suicidal Teenager

The Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A 24-year-old man has died after trying to pull a distraught teenager away from a window ledge. The incident occurred on Sunday at the University...

After Threatening Suicide, Carter Reynolds Decides To Take A Break From Social Media

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

Social media star Carter Reynolds is taking a break from Twitter after threatening suicide to his 2.4 million Twitter followers, just days after a sex...

Why Semicolon Tattoos Are So Much More Than A Passing Trend

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Semicolon tattoos are becoming increasingly popular - and while you might initially think it's some kind of "hipster" fashion statement, in reality it...

In the End, There Is Only Room for Love

Poorna Bell | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

There is a lot I have discovered since you took your own life. Firstly, while there is no hierarchy of death where one is better than the other, it's safe to say that living a long life is at the top while a short one is at the bottom. I don't know where suicide sits, but it's safe to say, it makes other people REALLY uncomfortable. I was advised against telling people how you died. And in the initial bizarreness of picking your burial plot and coffin (and being asked whether Robert was an eco-friendly man), I erred on the side of caution. But by this 30th day, I have realised when the worst, most devastating thing possible happens, you lose the energy to maintain any artifice.

Mental Health Is Not Just a Medical Issue - It's Social and Political

Ed Pinkney | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

There is no biological reason for why economic depression should lead to clinical depression. It's entirely social and political. We're all affected, and we need more public figures to be talking about it.

Dramatic Rise in Prison Suicide

Caspar Walsh | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Caspar Walsh

In 1999 I worked with a group of men looking to offer younger men in trouble the chance to find a way in to a better life. This led to the founding of the charity abandofbrothers (ABoB) in 2008. This ground-breaking organisation offers a new way to address issues arising from mental ill health, crime and addiction.

Toxic Mix of Booze and Masculinity is Putting Men at Eight Times Greater Risk of Suicide

Joe Ferns | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ferns

Research tells us that some men tend to use alcohol as a long term crutch to get them through tough emotional times, and they are less likely to seek help unless they reach a crisis. This means that by the time someone comes to the attention of NHS or other support services they may already be dealing with complex and entrenched problems.