UK Suicide

Depression Is The Silent Killer In Our Society

Rabbil Sikdar | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rabbil Sikdar

Particularly within Muslim South Asian communities, mental illness is dismissed because supposedly all prayers can cure sadness. Depression is regarded as a lack of faith. The low energy and motivation to do anything, the distancing from the things you love, become seen as signs of weak faith.

There's Nothing Wrong With Men Crying

Bradley Cates | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

Does crying make you any less of a man? Of course not. Crying is an emotion, like joy and fear. It's perfectly natural. So why is it considered a bad thing to do if you're a man?

Universities Must Do More To Protect 'At Risk' Students From Suicide, Say Experts

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A national inquiry into suicide among young people has prompted experts to demand universities do more to support “at risk” students. Researchers...

'What Have They Got To Be Depressed About?'

Beth Campagna | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Campagna

He battled a mental illness for 18 months before he brought it to an end in 2011. But despite how my dad's life ended, he was, and still remains, the most positive person I have ever known. Always upbeat, he loved to sing, crack jokes, act the fool. A sociable and out-going bloke with so many friends, a loving husband, dad and grandad. He was all the proof anyone needed that mental illness can happen to anyone.

How Samaritans' Suicide Prevention Training Is Seeing A Decrease In Deaths On The Railways

PC Steve Crisp | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK
PC Steve Crisp

After going on the course, it wasn't long before I was putting my skills into action. We'd had a report about a man drinking on a bench on a platform. It was late at night, he was alone, and there were no trains due to stop at that platform... Thinking back to that night, I believe my Samaritans' training was invaluable and changed the way I approached the whole situation.

Samaritans Goes Behind The Scenes At Hollyoaks

Lorna Fraser | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lorna Fraser

It's not just the actors' words that are important, it's the way that scenes are shot too. For example, Scott's actual suicide attempt wasn't shown on screen. That's important because research shows that by highlighting a method you risk others being encouraged to think about trying to end their life that way and even making an attempt themselves.

Parents Share Heartbreaking Story Of How Bullying Drove Son To Suicide

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Parents

A couple have opened up about their son who was driven to suicide due to bullies, in the hope to raise awareness of the impact of bullying. Mark and A...

Out Of The Darkness, Into The Light

Vic Lennard | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vic Lennard

The three months I spent with the counsellor changed everything. She unpeeled my life like an onion, layer by layer, and got to the root of my continual anger. Although my parents both died within six months of the counselling, and I never really rebuilt my relationships with them, I bear no malice to either of them. My anger towards them has fully subsided.

Noel Edmonds Reveals He Attempted Suicide After Being Targeted By HBOS Fraudsters

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Entertainment

Noel Edmonds has spoken for the first time about a suicide attempt he made more than a decade ago, after becoming the victim of fraud. The ‘Deal Or ...

Can Soaps Play Their Part In Suicide Prevention? You Bet!

Angela Samata | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Angela Samata

That all changed when I answered a call from the Hollyoaks press office asking me to watch four episodes before they aired. The story line they wanted my opinion on involves main character Scott Drinkwell, played by Ross Adams, a prominent LGBT+ character.

Suicide: We Can All Help Save The Life Of A Stranger

Joy Hibbins | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Hibbins

When I did a suicide intervention skills training course in 2013, the trainer told us that evidence showed that when a person was obviously at the point of suicide at a local "hotspot", the majority of people drove by without stopping. They may be unsure how to help, or they fear saying or doing "the wrong thing".

In This Election, Mental Health Is On The Ballot

Charlie Smith | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Smith

When you vote in this general election, remember people like me, and the millions of other people, who have mental health difficulties. Remember that this vote could be a matter of life or death for us. I understand that, whoever you vote for, the NHS won't be magically fixed - but I can assure you that the NHS will be a hell of a lot safer if the Tories aren't in charge, so please do the right thing this election... don't vote for the Tories.

Why The Young, And Young At Heart, Are Voting Labour

Ed Pinkney | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ed Pinkney

Despite earlier media rhetoric about Corbyn taking politics back to the 70s, Labour seems to have emerged as the vote for hope and change.

Suicide: What's In A Word?

Angela Samata | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Angela Samata

Suicide is a difficult word. There's no getting away from it. Whether like me and many others someone you love has taken their life, whether you are someone who has contemplated taking your life or if you have no personal experience at all, suicide is still a very difficult word.

"He Seemed Fine This Morning": Why Men At Risk Of Suicide Struggle To Tell Their GP

Joy Hibbins | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

It would be helpful if GP surgeries could monitor the emotional and mental health of patients who disclose that they have been affected by major life events. There certainly seems to be a case for closer questioning to check how deeply affected the person is.

Medical Examiner Confirms Chris Cornell's Cause Of Death Was Suicide

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Entertainment

The cause of death of Soundgarden’s frontman Chris Cornell has been confirmed as suicide by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Associ...

Suicide Study: Another Reasons To Ban Precarious Employment?

Anne Payne | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Anne Payne

Suicide is now the leading cause of death in adults under 50 in England, and the main cause of death among young people aged 20-34 across the UK and I...

Let's Talk About Suicide

Amani Omejer | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

I also don't know where I would be without the online community that have continued to read and respond to my work. Finding so many people saying, "me too", in response to my articles and cartoons is

YouTuber Slams Media For 'Romanticising' Suicide In Emotional Video

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A YouTuber has issued an emotional plea asking anyone who is having suicidal thoughts to reach out to those around them for help. Alexa Losey, 22, fro...

What I Learned About Happiness After Losing My Family To Unhappiness

Leah Sian Davies | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leah Sian Davies

When I heard the news that my brother had ended his own life, I knew I would never be the same again. In the car journey to my family that night, in the midst of the feelings of shock, fear, sickness and confusion, there was something inside telling me that I had to step up, something that took over me and I knew I would have to be something that I had never been before.

Celebrity Voices That For Once Should Be Heard

Jonathan Lee | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Lee

This is one area where the cult of celebrity really can help. We should be celebrating those who have come forward to tell their stories on a global scale. Because the only way we can remove the stigma is by encouraging everyone to talk about how they feel.

Depression Is A Liar

Bradley Cates | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

Whatever that demon in your head says, don't pay any attention to it. If you want to do something you believe can help you, do it. It won't be easy. I understand that it is really difficult to ignore what your depression tells you. But the moment you find even an ounce of courage to disobey depression gives you a magnificent feeling. Trust me. Depression is a liar - it never tells the truth.

'Chase The Rainbow' Author Poorna Bell's Advice For Those Supporting A Loved One Through Mental Illness

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Author and journalist Poorna Bell has shared her advice for anyone supporting a loved one struggling with mental illness, following the death of her h...

'From One Crazy Person To Another': How A Mentally Ill Patient Saved My Life

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Alicia Raimundo

life less ordinary banner In that moment I saw a women, the world had deemed as not useful, save my life. It gave me a perspective that maybe my life was worth fighting for. And like a lot of suicidal folks, I picked something to live for - to see my sister graduate from high school. I decided to myself, that come hell or high water I would make it to that day. It wasn't easy - it included firing therapists who didn't work, meds that didn't work, and therapies that failed me - but I got there.

The 'Cure' For Depression? Er... Talk, Talk, Talk

Jonathan Lee | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lee

As many of you will know I've written extensively on this subject. My own experience being a heavy and unspoken cloud of depression, which engulfed me both before and more so after the suicide of my brother thirteen years ago.