UK Suicide

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 31.07.2015 | 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.

No Call for Help Should Go Unanswered

Paul Farmer | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Paul Farmer

We hope that the CQC report will be the start of a period of real change for mental health services. Now is the time that national and local commissioners must make mental health a priority and put forward the investment that is required for the future.

Parliament Open: How Will Male Suicide Be Tackled?

James Walker | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Walker

Given the scale of this issue throughout the course of the last parliament, you have to wonder how the coalition government failed to deal with the challenge.

Male Suicide Is a Tragedy - But Don't Patronise Me About It

Dale Lately | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Dale Lately

As someone who's had a lifelong battle with depression, I know full well what a serious issue suicide is for either gender. But I'm not sure if crowdsourcing a set of "bloke jokes" and pasting them up around the streets is the answer.

Virgin Flight Grounded After Passenger Spotted Writing Suicide Note

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK

A Virgin America flight was delayed in San Francisco this week after a passenger was spotted frantically writing a suicide note in which he threatened...

Passengers Complain After Announcer Apparently Says Person Under Train 'Couldn't Be Bothered To Live'

PA | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK

A rail company has apologised after customers complained about a "shocking" announcement made on the loudspeaker about a death on the line. Passeng...

'Walking Out of Darkness' Event Reminded Me Why I Am Still Here

Rachel Egan | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

A year ago on 16th May 2014, I was making daily calls to the Samaritans and was coping with suicidal feelings so strong that I could barely leave the house due to the dangerously close proximity of a train station nearby where I vividly pictured the end of my life taking place.

The Night I Wanted to Jump Off Waterloo Bridge

Sanchita Islam | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Sanchita Islam

Jonny Benjamin's recent documentary The Stranger On The Bridge struck a chord. His campaign to find Mike, who turned out to be an affable chap called Neil, touched the hearts and minds of millions the world over. It's mental health awareness week and these are my thoughts.

Emotions Don't Emasculate: Male Celebrities Open Up On Their Mental Health Struggles

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Suicide is the cause of death for a quarter of males aged 20-34. This shocking statistic, combined with the tragic death of Lil Chris in March, ha...

When Life Reflects Art: Is Fact Stranger Than Fiction?

Mark Piggott | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Piggott

On 14 January 2008, Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide. Then a stranger stopped him, told him things would get better, and ...

Suicide Is NOT Selfish

Claire Greaves | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Suicide is heart breaking, utterly devastating and painful for all involved. It is not selfish. If someone dies from cancer or asthma then it is not selfish. If someone travels to Switzerland for euthanasia then it is not selfish. It is not selfish if someone's mental illness kills them or if someone feels unable to live their life.

Oxford Students Demand Better Mental Health Support

The Huffington Post UK | Alice Johnston | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University Student Union is calling for increased support and respect for mentally ill students. The Union is proposing a "mental health cha...

Would I Have Stopped Andreas Lubitz From Flying?

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

As a psychiatrist I often send reports to occupational health departments based on my risk assessment. I found myself last week asking would I have pulled this pilot's license based on my assessment? And the honest answer is no.

Monsters in the Media Part 2: The Harmful Nature of Speculating on Andrea Lubitz's Mental Health

Rachel Egan | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Rachel Egan

The truth is that at this stage we have no idea what caused Andreas Lubitz's decision to end his own life and that of the 149 other passengers on his plane. So why then did the Daily Mail feel it was fitting to ascertain that the depressive episode which occurred six years ago must have something to do with this disaster?

My Mental Illness Inspired My Ambition to Fix Other Young People's Minds

Danny Bowman | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

I made a decision to change myself. I was no longer happy, or confident with my appearance. When I looked in the mirror, all I could see was a big nose, bad skin and an overweight figure. As time went on I became obsessed with the mirror, checking it up to 10 hours a day.

Police Hunt Onlookers Who Shouted 'Jump' And Filmed Distressed Man

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK

Police have slammed onlookers who cruelly taunted and filmed a distressed man before he fell to his death – and warned they could face arrest. T...

How Much Does Mental Illness Cost?

Claire Greaves | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

My mental illness has cost me a lot but the transactions stop here, I will no longer allow it to take payments in the form of my life, my soul and my memories. I will be the person I was born to be and I will life my life and make memories worth remembering. I owe my illness nothing.

Facebook Is Working To Cut Suicide Rates

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Tech

Facebook has rolled out a series of new tools designed to help those who might be considered a suicide risk. The tools will range from allowing users ...

Poorna Bell

'The Man Most Likely To Consider Suicide Is The Life And Soul Of A Party'

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to understanding male suicide, we need to overturn everything we think we know about it. Most of the cases aren't the obvious at-risk pe...

The Silence

Lisa Edwards | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I've not talked about this for years, so here goes. Here's my Great Taboo. I tried to kill myself when I was 19 or 20 - the event is so shrouded by silence I can't even remember exactly when it happened. I won't go into why I felt so crap about life, but I did. I now know that what I did was a cry for help, that I wanted to be found and thankfully I was.