UK Suicide

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.

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.