UK Suicide

Theresa May And Male Suicide

Jane Powell | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jane Powell

It is marvellous to see men mentioned in relation to suicide. Yes, it is historic. The journey now needs to be about how we tackle the issue. The voluntary sector has a role. As does government - we need a national strategy, with teeth. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK, so let's move on from the name-check and look at a national plan.

Mental Health Services Are Failing People With Personality Disorders

Joy Hibbins | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

In our county there is no specialist personality disorders service, despite NICE guidelines stating that mental health trusts should develop such services. Plans for a specialist PD service were disbanded last year after a decision was made to divert the money to a different department instead. Our clients were devastated at this news and felt it reflected a lack of prioritisation of their needs.

Time For 2017

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

I believe that despite all the imbalance around us, we need to position ourselves in a steady spot and remember that, as human beings, we have endured and overcome so many things. As tough as it may seem now, we will survive Trump and Brexit too.

A Week In To Our Atlantic Row

Harry Wentworth-Stanley | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Harry Wentworth-Stanley

Leaving La Gomera harbour for the last time on Wednesday morning for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, there was quite an odd feeling amongst al...

Rediscovering Christmas - Life After My Wife's Suicide

Gary Marson | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gary Marson

I opened the box of Christmas decorations as carefully and as nervously as an archaeologist might approach a long lost haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure. This, to me, was much more precious; a collection not of gold but memories, a time capsule of the way things used to be, before.

There Is Not A Moment To Waste On Suicide Prevention

Luciana Berger | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Suicide is preventable. I am hopeful that Ministers will take up the cause of suicide prevention with the urgency and vigour it so desperately requires. Now must be the time for real change to stop this unnecessary and deplorable loss of life. Our report should provide some useful recommendations to inform this task.

What It's Like To Work At A Suicide Crisis Centre Over Christmas

Joy Hibbins | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

giving back.jpg Although Christmas is predominantly a time of sadness for me, because it is for so many of our clients, it is still a time of hope. I believe that all our clients can survive, and indeed they all have so far. At our Suicide Crisis Centre, we care for them and do all we can to support them through this particularly dark time. It's a privilege to be able to do so.

I Was Going To Commit Suicide - But Someone In Edinburgh Saved Me

Alexander Morgan | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alexander Morgan

While sitting there with pills in hand - I got a text from a friend I hadn't seen in awhile. A conversation sparked up, he said, "Miss you, man" and "You really need to come up and see us - it'll be amazing" and without knowing it he saved my life.

How To Cope With Mental Health Issues At Christmas, From People Who've Been There

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

With presents and parties taking centre stage, there’s an expectation that everyone will be happy over Christmas. But if you’re suffering from a m...

Brains Literally Think Nonsense, Let It Be Fun Nonsense

Andrew Bonsall | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Bonsall

Every time I go to therapy I fill out a questionnaire that asks 'in the last week have you thought about ending your life?' This question is a self-pe...

Suicide Is The Leading Direct Cause Of Death For New Mums, Report Shows

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Parents

Suicide is the leading direct cause of death for mums within the first year after their child is born, a newly-published report has shown. The MBBRACE...

Confidentiality In The Context Of Suicide Prevention

Professor Sir Simon Wessely | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Professor Sir Simon Wessely

There are no figures for how often health professionals err on the side of caution but the painful experience of many parents who have lost their sons or daughters to suicide is sufficient testament to the need to improve practice in this area.

We Need To Talk About Suicide

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

Suicide isn't something that regularly makes it into everyday conversation. It's that big taboo subject that everyone tends to shy away from, even the word is loaded with all sorts of meanings and negative images. But the fact is that it's something that needs to be spoken about.

Slipping Away From The Crooked Grey Hand

Jonathan Lee | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Lee

We need to keep talking. Speaking out about how we feel. That's why I've written this article. To tell people it's okay to feel this way. We're not weird or crazy. We're much like anyone else. And by talking, we can get better. I'm absolute proof of this.

These Vouchers Allow You To Give A Suicidal Loved One The 'Gift Of Listening' This Christmas

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Samaritans responds to more than 5.4 million calls for help every year and these don’t stop over the festive season. So this December, the suicide p...

I'm Terrified Of Passing Toxic Masculinity Onto My Sons

Chris Napier | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Napier

bmm banner.jpg I don't want my sons to share the programming which has crippled me. I don't want them to grow up in a world which victimizes boys for showing weakness and which treats mental health issues without compassion.

Is It Time For Men To 'Man Up' Or 'Man Down'?

Paul McGregor | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul McGregor

bmm banner.jpg On March 4th 2009 my Dad left the house, walked 15 minutes to a busy road and stepped in front of a lorry. He died on impact. I was 18 (a month off 19) at the time and that was the day that changed my life.

Men And Suicide: What They Are Telling Us About The Kind Of Care They Want

Joy Hibbins | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

bmm banner.jpg In looking at the setting up of other Suicide Crisis Centres, the Select Committee may recommend that the GP becomes a central part of the care within them. I hope they think very carefully about the consequences, if they do decide to recommend this.

Me And My Father's Suicide: The Importance Of Sharing How You Feel

Ed Hunte | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Hunte

bmm banner.jpg On the surface, my father was someone who had everything, yet he still chose to end his life. If his suicide has taught me anything, it's the importance to not hesitate in getting things out in the open, to share challenges and struggles with those you trust and to not be afraid of expressing who you truly are. I still continue to work on these skills myself and I deeply recognise them to be the remedy for the generations of men who choose to give up on their lives each day.

Four Friends. For James. For Suicide Prevention

Harry Wentworth-Stanley | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harry Wentworth-Stanley

This Christmas, rather than spending precious time with our families and taking some much-needed time off, we will be attempting to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, battling sleep deprivation, 40-foot waves and trying to keep down bags of uninspiring rehydrated food... We are taking on this challenge in aid of the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund (JWSMF), a charity which was formed 10 years ago following the tragic death of our captain Harry's brother James.

Pregnant Women And New Mums Who Feel Suicidal Need To Know They're Not Alone

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents

Mums have opened up about their mental health problems in a bid to save the lives of new mothers and pregnant women at risk of suicide. The charities ...

When 'Exhausted New Mum' Is A Halloween Costume, How Are We Getting Postnatal Support So Wrong?

Emily Street | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

A photo that spread like wildfire online shows a young girl, dressed in a baggy sweat shirt and jogging bottoms, dark circles under her eyes, baby sick on her shoulder and looking thoroughly glum.

5 Men On Losing The Women They Love And How They Handled Grief

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It’s no secret that a large proportion of men feel uncomfortable or unable to show emotion, even in front of those they love. But when it comes to g...

There Are More Things In Heaven And Earth...

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

One voice which appears to have been lost in this narrative is that of the child. Statistics show that nearly half of all gender variant children attempt suicide (there are no official figures for the greater number who self harm).

Suicide - Breaking The Silence

Adriana Wheatley | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adriana Wheatley

However, that all changed the day I let a friend visit me on the ward. On seeing her tears that seemed so genuine, I finally dared to question my perspective on life - had it been warped for all of this time?