UK Suicide

Austerity Has Created A Mental Health Crisis

Bryan Blears | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Bryan Blears

Austerity measures have contributed to the creation of a mental health crisis. The sufferers of mental illnesses are being increasingly left to deal with their conditions on their own instead of being offered the medical treatment which they desperately need.

Up To One Million Women Suffer From Extreme Form Of PMS That Can Cause Psychosis

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A large number of women in the UK could be suffering from an extreme version of PMS, which can lead to severe depression and psychosis, a leading gyna...

Are Our Psychiatric Hospitals Safe Enough? Suicide And Absconding Among Inpatients

Joy Hibbins | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

We often feel relief when someone we care about is admitted to psychiatric hospital at a time when they are at risk of suicide. We assume that they are safe there. This is not always the case, and sometimes patients do die by suicide while they are inpatients in psychiatric units. These are catastrophic events. Such deaths devastate families and are almost always avoidable.

Over The Edge And Back Again: An Incredible Story Of Life After A Suicide Attempt

Olive Barton | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Olive Barton

I stumbled across Josh and the challenge he has undertaken when scrolling through LinkedIn one evening. I was immediately struck by his strength to take positives from such a dark period of his life to not only help shape the challenges of his future, but to inspire others who face similar anxieties and worries to speak more openly about how they feel...

'Cold Feet' Wins Widespread Praise For Powerful Suicide Contemplation Scenes

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Entertainment

‘Cold Feet’ has received widespread praise from fans, after it aired its most powerful scenes ever, which saw Pete Gifford contemplating suicide. ...

Opening A Dialogue In Mental Health

Jonny Martell | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Martell

Open Dialogue might offer me a way to work that my father, were he still sitting by that fire, might understand, respect and respond to. For those living with severe mental illness, it could offer more hope of life after recovery.

Mad As Hell

Sadie Fisher | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Fisher

Why are lives being put at risk because of the scandalised waiting list? Anti-depression pills linked to self-harm and suicidal thoughts are being handed out like Smarties. Many just want to be listened to

Epitaph: A Poem

Bradley Rand Smith | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Bradley Rand Smith

Brothers and sisters, I am here to bear witness and to say goodbye to someone I never knew. Here, at the alter of Jack Daniels, in this House of Perfume and Smoke, in this faceless city, I say goodbye.

Mental Health, The Gender Factor

Arthur Peirce | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Countless numbers of people worldwide suffer with some kind of mental health problem; roughly one in four. However there is a notable but hidden disparity between male and female sufferers.

"There Isn't Really Anything I Can Do To Help." What Responsibility Should A GP Have Towards A Patient Expressing Suicidal Thoughts?

Joy Hibbins | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

Consider this very different phrase: "I want to do whatever I can to help." It's a powerful phrase and for most patients it's hugely reassuring to hear. For some, it is extremely surprising - and disarming - to hear it from a doctor.

One Quarter Of Young Women Have Self-Harmed

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In the UK, young women are the most affected by common mental health issues, according to new statistics released by NHS Digital. One fifth of women (...

Bullying Can Leave Children With Mental Health Scars For Life - We Need To Take It Seriously

Natasha Phillips | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK
Natasha Phillips

Research has emerged that suggests bullying could be more detrimental to a child's mental health than physical abuse. A US study of 1,420 children found that those who had been bullied, but not maltreated, were almost four times more likely to have mental health problems than children who were maltreated... So why do we continue to diminish the effect bullying has on children's mental health?

Who Mentioned Self-Care?

Angela Samata | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Samata

Maybe self-care is one of those areas of our lives that you only take note of when you're not doing it right?! I think I know when I'm doing things like managing my stress levels by trying not to cram too much into my diary. I try to get enough exercise and watch what I eat.

David Beckham And Brooklyn Complete 22-Push Up Challenge

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Parents

David Beckham challenged his 17-year-old son Brooklyn Beckham to do the 22 push-up challenge to raise awareness of veteran suicide. The social media t...

When Domestic Violence Makes You Mentally Unwell, The Perpetrator May Gain Custody Of The Children

Joy Hibbins | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

I find it extremely difficult to accept that Anna lost custody of her younger children to a man who had been violent towards her - and allegedly to her elder daughters. Their case has continued to trouble me. It is just as upsetting, three years on.

A Letter To My Suicidal Self

Tom Haward | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

If I could write a letter to myself and send it back in time to the night I tried to kill myself, I think it would read something like below. Dear Tom, I know you are hurting and I know how bleak it all appears. I can envisage you sitting there, lost and directionless like a terrified child wandering through a high walled maze in the dark.

Extreme Cleaners: Daily Dealings With Death

Kirsty Bosley | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Kirsty Bosley

When I saw that How Clean Is Your Crime Scene was filed under 'popular' on Netflix, it got me thinking. The documentary follows cleaners in California...

I Am Pagliacci

Arthur Peirce | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

There is a very old joke; it has appeared in different forms over the years, most famously in Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel Watchmen. Most retel...

"I'm Young, Homeless And On The Streets. I'm Feeling Suicidal And Need Mental Health Care. Please Help Me."

Joy Hibbins | Posted 18.09.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

I first met Luke, a young man in his twenties, in the spring of 2015. He wasn't homeless at this point. He was encouraged to visit our Suicide Crisis Centre by a member of his family who was desperately worried about him. She had been in contact with us because he had gone to the top of a high building recently with intent to end his own life.

Suicide Of Sex Tape Leak Woman Who Was Abused Online Shocks Italy

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK

An Italian woman who endured months of abuse and mockery after explicit images and footage of her were shared online has died by suicide. Tiziana Cant...

Every Suicide Is Preventable

Brian Dow | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brian Dow

Together we can prevent suicide and save lives. If we can create an environment where talking about our feelings is as normal and healthy as talking about Brexit, or football or anything else for that matter, then we can help a lot of people see a way out of unhappiness.

Introducing Building Modern Men, Guest Edited By Andy Murray

Stephen Hull | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Stephen Hull

By the end of today in the UK about 12 men will have died at their own hands. It happened yesterday and it will happen tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that too. Actually, there's no indication of when it will stop... Suicide is very much a male issue, with men almost four times more likely than women to take their own life, but the reasons why are unclear. This November HuffPost UK will dedicate the entire month to talking about the mental health and wellbeing issues that impact on the lives of men in our Building Modern Men series.

The Evil Of The Human Mind

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

The human mind can be deceiving at times. But if you're suffering from a mental illness, it becomes your enemy. It makes you believe things you don't want to believe. It makes you think about things you don't want to think about. It makes you feel useless when you're not useless at all. It can completely overpower you and it forces you to think negatively. No matter how hard you try to stay positive, your own mind doesn't like positivity and wants to make you suffer.

The Importance of World Suicide Prevention Day

Arthur Peirce | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

The 10th of September, is World Suicide Prevention day. It is a day that often passes unmarked, and unmentioned. However, awareness of suicide, how ...

How One Family Hopes To Harness The Power Of Music And Cut Global Suicide Rates

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Maureen and Iain O’Kelly are on a mission to cut suicides rates and boost global mental health by harnessing the power of music. The couple, both ...