UK Suicide

Death By Suicide Doesn't Erase A Life

Andy Grant | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Grant

It was only about 18 months ago that I was on the verge of ordering some poison online for myself. Does that mean everything I've shared about how I turned my life around is a lie? No. It means I transformed from someone who was sure they were going to die by suicide to someone who might have suicidal thoughts every few years.

13 Reasons Why Was Wrong To Show Hannah's Death  - And It Could Be Dangerous

Emma Kelly | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Emma Kelly

I knew the scene was coming. But the graphic nature of Hannah's death was too much to bear. I burst into tears during it, and cried about it when I went to bed. I couldn't stop seeing it. It was the first thing I thought of when I woke up. And I don't think Netflix should have included it in the show.

Children Exposed To Adversity Associated With 'Increased Suicide Risk' As They Grow Up

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents

Children exposed to adversity throughout childhood have been associated with an increased risk of suicide in adolescence, according to a new study. A...

Not Everybody Rises From The Dead: Why Easter Can Bring Back Grief

Kylie Abreu | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Abreu

Easter was always a time I dreaded when I was a teenager. It was a time that triggered memories that I did not want to remember. For years after my dad's suicide, I couldn't handle Easter. The very thought of walking into a supermarket and seeing the vast array of coloured eggs and Easter rabbits would send me into an emotional spiral.

Lives At Risk: We Urgently Need More Mental Health Care For People Who Experience Dissociation

Joy Hibbins | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

They called out a psychiatrist who expressed concern about the "disconnect between my thoughts and emotions". I had no idea what this meant. He explained that in his view it was dissociation. This was confirmed by other psychiatrists in the following months.

Bullying, Rape, Suicide... Here's Why I Think '13 Reasons Why' Is One Of The Most Authentic High School Drama Series To Date

Adrienne Titley | Posted 17.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Adrienne Titley

Hannah's fictitious death isn't just a catalyst in a storyline, it's a significant reminder that there are substantial repercussions for our actions. You never know how your actions could affect someone, you can never determine someone's breaking point until it's too late.

Surprising Lessons on Teen Suicide From '13 Reasons Why'

Nina Bryant | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nina Bryant

Binge watching on Netflix. We all do it. We all give in to the temptation of watching a series all day, without even having to click a button for the next episode to roll on. It occurred to me this weekend however, that 13 Reasons Why might be more than just a guilty pleasure, and that it might even be a voice for issues that desperately need more attention.

'13 Reasons Why' Teaches People To Reconsider Their Actions, And That's Okay

Kate Holliday | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Holliday

This is not a mystery of a manic pixie dream girl and her story is not meant to be romanticised - this is a story of an imperfect 17-year-old who takes her own life after a series of terrible things happen to her. Her death is violent and bloody and scary to watch, and seeing how it affects those around her is no less haunting. The show is profound and thought-provoking, and it certainly made me consider my previous and future actions towards others.

'I'm So Depressed'

Samantha Glass | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

The word 'depression' is flung around as if it is a normal emotion but in reality, depression takes lives. It needs to be understood in the same way a physical health problem is.

In The Time It Takes To Read This Someone Gave Up And Ended It

Umairah Malik | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Umairah Malik

When I sat down to write this I was scared. The reason I was scared was because as a society in general there are things we talk about. And then there are things we don't talk about. I think the right word I'm looking for is taboo. This is one of them.

Suicide And Why We Have To Talk About It...

Tina McGuff | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

They say all suicides are preventable by speaking out - reaching out. Having the confidence to open up about what you're going through is clearly the hardest thing for so many people to do as they fear the reactions of the loved ones towards them.

'Biphobia Drove Me To My Suicide Attempt' - Why Discrimination Needs To Stop

Sian Abigail Bradley | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Abigail Bradley

George almost committed suicide that day. After two years of battling with mental illness, he wanted to die - because he thought that being bisexual meant something was wrong with him.

A Friend Has Suffered A Bereavement - What On Earth Do I Do?

Charlotte Mackay | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Mackay

The following week I talked with him at length about the startling lack of response he received from some people. It got me thinking; maybe I could write a list of my own personal FAQs/Tips for those who are perhaps recently bereaved and in particular those who just feel helpless looking in. This changed after my brother Johnny completed suicide in 2014.

Why It's Vital Parents Know The Pressures Mentally Affecting Young Girls (And How To Help)

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents

At age 14, Naomi was feeling pressure from all sides of her life. At school, she had pressure around exams, getting her grades and starting to plan he...

How Parents And Kids Can Help Spread Holly Willoughby And Phillip Schofield's Anti-Bullying Message

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have kicked off their ‘Be Kind’ campaign on ‘This Morning’ to spread an anti-bullying message. The TV p...

Fear Of Failure

Tina McGuff | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

The patients I met along the way also taught me so much about life and how you should never take anything for granted as you don't know what's around the corner. I learned very quickly to never judge a book by its cover within a few weeks of being in an adult psychiatric unit.

Boys Are Six Times Less Likely Than Girls To Seek Support For Suicidal Feelings, NSPCC Finds

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents

Boys are six times less likely than girls to seek support from Childline for suicidal feelings, the NSPCC has reported. In 2015/16, the NSPCC-run ser...

Death From Disadvantage: The Impact Of Economic Divides On Suicide

Dominic O'Brien | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Dominic O'Brien

Whilst the causes of suicide are complex, and individual deaths can rarely be attributed to one particular factor, we do know that the economic circumstances of individuals, communities and wider society is a major influencing factor in the overall rate of suicide.

Why Maternal Mental Health Matters

Professor Lesley Regan | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Parents
Professor Lesley Regan

all women everywhere We must address the stigma associated with mental health. We heard from many women that they fear being seen as a 'bad mother' and having their child taken away from them. Women are frequently made to feel guilty that they're not the 'perfect mother.

Time To Change - Men And Mental Health

Nicola Blackwood | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
Nicola Blackwood

Today's launch highlights that all men should have someone they feel comfortable talking about their feelings with and, where people need NHS help and support, this government is committed to delivering the highest quality mental healthcare.

We Need To Talk About Suicide

Dr Onkar Sahota | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Onkar Sahota

We need to back our call for action with solid data and a focus on partnership working between the various strands of the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector. Only then can we hope to reduce the number of suicides in London.

When We Experience Suicidal Crisis, Is It Because We Are Not Resilient Enough?

Joy Hibbins | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

I question whether resilience is a helpful word to use. It can make those of us who experience suicidal crisis feel that it was a failing in us - that we lacked the necessary resilience to prevent it from happening.

Do Antidepressants Save Lives? A Comment On The 2016 Interim Report On Suicide Prevention By The House Of Commons Health Select Committee

Carmine Pariante | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Carmine Pariante

Antidepressants are always in the news, but the messages coming across are often contradictory. For example, in most countries the use of antidepressa...

Kicking The Kyriarchy Episode 08: Mental Health

Elena Guthrie | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Guthrie

We all have mental health and keeping well is a challenge. Many of the people closest to us have battles with theirs that we could never even imagine, but being an ally when we are able to, can help stop those feelings of darkness in others. We are so often much stronger than we think we are.

Prison Suicides And How To Stop Them

Dr Pamela Taylor | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Dr Pamela Taylor

Once upon a time, in 2013, in England and Wales, there were 76 people known to have died by suicide in prison. This was a higher rate of such deaths t...