UK Suicide

High Suicide Rate Under Crisis And Home Treatment Teams

Joy Hibbins | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

I set up our Suicide Crisis Centre precisely because the crisis team, and the alternatives within the charity sector, didn't work for me, and I felt that a new and different form of support was needed.

Healing a Suicide Attempt: Cartooning My Experience

Amani Omejer | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Life post-overdose had a different intensity to it - I couldn't run from my struggle anymore. I couldn't keep stuff shoved down and carry on regardless. I couldn't neglect my needs because saving myself after overdosing (I called the ambulance) was cementing a promise to myself - I was going to do this.

This Rugby Player Set Up A Men's Suicide Prevention Support Group Saying #ItsOkayToTalk

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Earlier this year, on a Monday night in April, Luke Ambler’s brother-in-law Andy Roberts took his own life. Ambler and his family were left devastat...

How to Really Prevent Suicide: A UK Crisis Centre With a Zero Suicide Record

Joy Hibbins | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Hibbins

My hope is that the Select Committee will look in detail at the combination of factors which have contributed to the success of this Crisis Centre. There is a very great need for similar Centres in other counties and we are starting to work to make this happen. If we had a Suicide Crisis Centre in every county, it could play a major role in reducing the number of people who die by suicide.

A Little Knowledge Can Be a Tricky Thing

Angela Samata | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Samata

It was a conversation about a piece of research. Doesn't sound too memorable, right? Except, it was a conversation with a man whose research could have a transformative effect on children like mine and has implications for all of us doing as much as we can in suicide prevention.

Depression Isn't Making Men Commit Suicide, Society Is

Adrienne Titley | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adrienne Titley

The solution starts with you and what you can do to help tackle the stigma. If the fact that men are committing suicide at an astonishing rate isn't making you ask serious questions about our society after reading this, I don't know what will.

I Lost My Dad to Suicide a Year Ago, Here's What Happened in 12 Months

Adrienne Titley | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adrienne Titley

I never thought I would lose my dad at a young age, let alone to suicide. To anyone reading this who may be going through the same grief, you're not alone. Don't let anyone tell you that grief has a time frame... it absolutely does not. Take all the time you need. It's ok to be selfish.

Please Don't Call Us 'Difficult to Engage'

Joy Hibbins | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

"He/she is difficult to engage." It's a term that I have often heard used by psychiatric staff when talking about patients. I was described as "difficult to engage" when I was under mental health services and now that I run a Suicide Crisis Centre, I frequently hear the same phrase used by psychiatric staff who signpost to us.

We Need to Meet the Vulnerable We've Failed

Ben Moore | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Ben Moore

I was born privileged. Not heir-to-millions-lined-up-for-cabinet privileged, but privileged nonetheless. I was physically and mentally able. I was str...

Why Being Suicidal Isn't About Wanting To Die

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

Suicide is a difficult topic to talk about because there are so many feelings that go alongside it. For some it can be immoral, too upsetting, something "selfish" people do, too sensitive, too dark, maybe even something that people avoid talking about because it is too difficult to understand why someone would commit such an act...

A Friendly Chat About Suicide

John Robertson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Comedy
John Robertson

Depression can be infinitely confusing for all involved. You have to listen, difficult things need to be discussed, patterns need to be identified. It can't be ignored and it can't be shouted out of people. It's the most subjective of all diseases, and it comes at you out of your loved one's face.

Woman Shares The Heartbreaking Story Behind Her Semicolon Tattoo

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Semicolon tattoos have become a symbol of hope for those affected by a mental illness - and now, one woman has shared the poignant story behind hers. ...

Facebook Rolls Out Suicide Prevention Tool Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Tech

Facebook is rolling out a new suicide prevention tool, which hopes to provide help and support to those in crisis. Suicide prevention charities Samari...

Why My Heart Truly Breaks for the Orlando victims

Thuy Yau | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Thuy Yau

In the words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

My Amygdala Brought My Alcoholic Mother back from the dead!

Matt Streuli | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
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 video series h...

Teen Committed Suicide After ‘Bullies Posted Nude Shower Video To Snapchat’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK

A teenage girl committed suicide after her friends allegedly filmed her in the shower and posted the video to Snapchat. Tovonna Holton took a gun from...

One Survivor's Mission to Transform Mental Health Care

Martin Barrow | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

The Mental Health Taskforce has set out the grand vision that is needed to create a mental health service that is fit for purpose. But, as Joy is showing, what saves lives is personal care and compassion, and a determination to make a difference.

If We Are Serious About Preventing Suicide in Children and Young People We Would Prioritise Their Mental Health and Wellbeing

Prof Dame Sue Bailey | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Prof Dame Sue Bailey

Whilst the number of children and young people taking their own lives is quite low, particularly in younger children, the impact on family, friends and the communities they live in is immense. The loss of a child or young person, ‎whatever the circumstance is a dreadful event, but the loss of a young person through suicide eats at the heart of families and they are the very fabric of our communities.

On the Suicidal Scale, I Am a Three

Tom Haward | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

Eventually your suicidal scale reaches boiling point and you can no longer keep it at bay. All consuming thoughts of death take over and the only rational thing to do is to die. In that moment, when my mind snapped like a twig, I had become calm and methodical.

Free Your Mind

Stephen Haynes | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Haynes

I've seen the impact that depression and anxiety can have on people's ability to perform and reach their potential. I've worked with managers and leaders who have either wanted to better support their own people facing mental ill-health, but not known how, to those who through a degree of ignorance, had taken the approach that people should just 'deal with it'.

The Rise In Female Suicide: What Can We Do To Prevent More Deaths?

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Suicide rates among women have risen by almost 10% in the past year. In 2014, there were 831 cases of female suicide in the UK. This figure then rose ...

This London Sanctuary Has Prevented More Than One Thousand Suicides

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Eight years ago Sarah* walked through the front doors of Maytree - the UK’s first "sanctuary for the suicidal". She spent four nights and five days ...


Jess Neal | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Neal

So why am I passionate about contributing to mental health awareness? It would not be my first choice to talk so openly about my story if I am honest with you, but I feel since I lost my dad to suicide three years ago, I have learnt so much about the crippling disease that is depression that I have to pass on what I have learnt....

Peggy Mitchell's 'EastEnders' Death Divides Suicide Charities

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Entertainment

The handling of Peggy Mitchell's suicide in 'EastEnders' has divided leading charities. Fans of the BBC soap saw the Walford matriarch end her life a...

Why I'm Proud I Asked for Help When Feeling Suicidal

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

I don't know how that night would have turned out if I hadn't asked for help - but I'm proud to say I did. It's impossible to articulate just how hard it is to summon the courage to ask for help when you're suicidal.