UK Suicide

'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 01.03.2017 | 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...

Why Is Everyone Talking About Mental Health?

Nina Bryant | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nina Bryant

As someone who holds this issue close to my heart I have seen the ins and outs of every different reaction to mental illness you can imagine, the good and the bad. "We all do that," in relation to my obsessive panics about germs or "we all get a bit down sometimes" in relation to my suicidal tendencies.

Mental Illness And Suicidal Thoughts

Christopher Dines | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Christopher Dines

Mental illness is complicated. Therefore, in this blog I am going to keep the focus on my own personal experience (after all my experience is not an o...

Psychiatry: A Monologue Of Stigma, Confessions And Accusations

Dr Jas Gill | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Dr Jas Gill

Since this is my story, I will start with my name. You may have heard of me before. My name is Psychiatry. Yes, that Psychiatry. Although I admit I cannot read your mind, I can already see my tattered reputation precedes me.

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.