UK Suicide

Suicide in UK Armed Forces - What We Need to Know to Provide the Best Support Possible

Hazel Nunn | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Hazel Nunn

At Samaritans we believe that suicide is preventable. We believe that the new funding to Samaritans represents an important opportunity for suicide prevention. By working with others, we hope this will help lead to improved knowledge about suicide in UK armed forces and veterans and the supplementation of support services for those who need them most.

Dear Friend

Matt Zitron | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Zitron

It's not fair we couldn't help. You were not a burden, but we'd have shared yours willingly. Your darkest moments aren't held against you, and never have been. We couldn't walk a mile in your shoes, but without hesitation we would have tried if asked.

Suicide Is the Biggest Killer of Men Under 50... Why?

Paul McGregor | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul McGregor

If my Dad had broke his leg he'd be sent home in a cast, and we'd have instructions on how he'd get better. We'd be told to help him rest for a few weeks, he'd be told when he could get back to walking, back to running and back to full recovery. We'd be told what medication he was on and when he should take it...

Surviving Bereavement by Suicide

Jess Neal | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Neal

For me personally, the shock of suicide reduced my ability to accept the demands of daily life. I felt like I had lost my connection with the person I had once been. I knew I had to do something with my grief, but I didn't know how to begin.

Man Up!

Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz

Most men simply don't have the tools or sensitivity to respond when one of their mates talks about his fears or inner feelings. They'll typically crack a joke to keep things safe, brush it off with a "don't worry mate, have another drink...", or change the subject to sex or sport.

If You Can't Say It, Write It

Jonathan Lee | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lee

I was seventeen when my brother and best friend, Simon threw himself from the top of the local multi-storey car park. He was nineteen and happily, he survived on that occasion. It would be another thirteen years before he finally succeeded and took his own life at thirty two.

What Reaction to Kehlani's Attempted Suicide Teaches Us About the Mental Health Stigma

Shehnaz Khan | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Shehnaz Khan

We are taught to criticise women no end for their real or presumed sexual activity, but what they don't tell you is that slut-shaming doesn't come without potential side effects, such as depression, anxiety, self-hate and suicide, and in Kehlani's case the latter was the main talking point, when she uploaded a picture onto Instagram after her failed attempt.

How Do You Know That You Hadn't Driven Faster on a Different Day?

Angela Samata | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Samata

Nobody saw it coming. Nobody knew that a day that had started just as any other was going to end so tragically. Like many of us bereaved by suicide, I asked myself many, many questions over and over again. Why didn't I see how Mark was feeling? Why didn't I pick up on the signs? Why didn't I realise that our call was to be our final call?

People With Autism 'Die 16 Years Earlier Than The General Population'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

People with autism are dying decades before the average person, research has revealed. Scientists from Sweden analysed data from 27,000 people with au...

How Being a Disability Benefit Claimant Happened to Me

Claire Ayres | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Claire Ayres

The government like to paint a picture of benefits claimants as being debt-ridden addicts who can't be bothered to work. I want to try and dispel this picture a bit, if I can. I don't smoke, drink, take drugs (except what is prescribed to me). I only claim ESA and PIP not housing benefit or anything like that. We don't claim carer's allowance for my husband even though we are entitled to it.

Daughter Pens Letter To Strangers Who Helped Her Through Tragedy

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Deborah Green was shopping in Whole Foods when she received the devastating news that her father had taken his own life. Her brother, sobbing on the o...

Training NHS Staff in Suicide Prevention Will Help Save Lives

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

Suicide is everybody's business. That's why Samaritans is calling for more training for frontline NHS staff to help them to spot vulnerable people before they reach a crisis that might lead to them taking their own lives.

Changes To The NHS Mental Health Service: Too Little, Too Late, For Far Too Many

Hazel Butler | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics
Hazel Butler

The government has announced there will be sweeping changes made to mental health services in the NHS from 2020 onwards, including the establishment of 24 hour community care for those in crisis, and over £1bn invested annually.

For My Husband And The Boy He Used To Be

Poorna Bell | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Rob was from a loving, middle-class family, and by his own admission, was in this statistic. When he got proper psychiatric help in his thirties, he figured out that he probably started suffering from depression when he was very young - he thought as far back as 10.

Obvious Suicide Risk Factors 'Are Being Ignored By Prison Staff'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK

Clues that prisoners may take their own lives are too often missed, according to a stark warning issued by a watchdog. Known factors indicating a h...

"If You Talk to a Man in a Language He Understands, That Goes to His Head. If You Talk to Him in His Language, That Goes to His Heart."

Dameyon Bonson | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dameyon Bonson

I've been working in men's health, mental health and suicide prevention, for quite a while now and there is a tendency to try and 'fix and change' people (particularly men) to be 'better versions of themselves'. All in the spirit of healthier lives, etc., etc.

Younger Child Suicide Rates Published For First Time, Revealing 'National Scandal'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

Nearly 100 children aged 10 to 14 killed themselves in the UK in the past decade in what charities have called a "national scandal". The figures, p...

Stigma leads to Suicide - It's Time To Talk

Matt Streuli | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Streuli

It doesn't have to be difficult. It can start with a simple "how are you?" Whether you meet up for a tea or coffee and just have a chat or send someone a message on Facebook, email or twitter, that is all you need to be a good friend and to make a real difference.

Advice For Parents: Children And Antidepressants

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents

Children who are prescribed certain antidepressants may have "double the risk" of suicide and aggressive behaviour, a new study has suggested. Rese...

Going to DadsHouse

Karen Woodall | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Woodall

DadsHouse runs many projects but the most recent is particularly special because it helps dads who are homeless with temporary accommodation, which in turn gives them a chance to build relationships with their children.

What Is Stigma? Explore Mental Health

Matt Streuli | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Streuli

#ExploreMH is a series of articles and YouTube videos aimed at breaking down the stigma that surrounds Mental Health. You can watch the accompanying v...

I Nearly Died So, In 2016, It's Time to Truly Live

Tom Haward | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

Make no mistake, if you know someone who suffers from depression, they are crawling up a muddy mental bank with all their strength. I allowed the illness too much presence in my life, in the respect that I failed to cry for help when I needed it most.

Suicide - The Silent Epidemic

Sangeeta Mahajan | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sangeeta Mahajan

Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in the UK. More than a 100 people die of suicide every week yet no one talks about it. As a society and community, as teachers and parents, as friends and colleagues we need to educate ourselves, ask questions, demand better care for ourselves and our loved ones, especially the young.

There Is No Shame in Feeling Suicidal, For Some People It Is Habitual

Sanchita Islam | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sanchita Islam

It was the day after Christmas, in the early hours, that I finally called the Samaritans. I wasn't sure why I called at that precise moment, my voice was strained because I had been bottling things up for weeks thinking it was better to be stoic and struggle on like everyone else does.

Turkey President Erdogan 'Talks Man Out Of Suicide' On Christmas Day

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 26.12.2015 | UK

Extraordinary video footage has captured the moment that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked a man out of jumping off a bridge on Christmas ...