UK Suicide

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.

Eighteen Months On...

Sangeeta Mahajan | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sangeeta Mahajan

One sunny autumn afternoon 18 months ago, two policemen showed up at my doorstep to tell me that my son's body had been found nearby. Apparently Saagar had ended his own life. They handed me his belongings but I was convinced they had made a mistake. This was not within the realm of possibilities. He is a handsome talented young man of 20 with a fabulous education and everything to live for. How could this be? He had a recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder but the doctors had me believe that he was getting better. No one ever mentioned the word 'suicide' to me.

#Heads Together - CALM Before the Storm

Jane Powell | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Jane Powell

Nationally, despite the devastation caused by every suicide - to the friends, family, colleagues and all those working 'at the coalface', the topic has yet to make it as a central public issue. Which it should be. With an average of 12 men a day, according to published figures, male suicide costs the country £20million PER DAY. A cost which excludes suicide attempts.

Distraught Teenager ‘Live-Streamed Own Suicide On Periscope’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK

French authorities have opened an investigation after a teenager allegedly live-streamed video of her suicide on the popular app Periscope. The 19-yea...

Suicide in UK Armed Forces - What We Need to Know to Provide the Best Support Possible

Hazel Nunn | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Hazel Nunn

At Samaritans we believe that suicide is preventable. We believe that the new funding to Samaritans represents an important opportunity for suicide prevention. By working with others, we hope this will help lead to improved knowledge about suicide in UK armed forces and veterans and the supplementation of support services for those who need them most.

Dear Friend

Matt Zitron | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Zitron

It's not fair we couldn't help. You were not a burden, but we'd have shared yours willingly. Your darkest moments aren't held against you, and never have been. We couldn't walk a mile in your shoes, but without hesitation we would have tried if asked.

Suicide Is the Biggest Killer of Men Under 50... Why?

Paul McGregor | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul McGregor

If my Dad had broke his leg he'd be sent home in a cast, and we'd have instructions on how he'd get better. We'd be told to help him rest for a few weeks, he'd be told when he could get back to walking, back to running and back to full recovery. We'd be told what medication he was on and when he should take it...

Surviving Bereavement by Suicide

Jess Neal | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Neal

For me personally, the shock of suicide reduced my ability to accept the demands of daily life. I felt like I had lost my connection with the person I had once been. I knew I had to do something with my grief, but I didn't know how to begin.