UK Suicide

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?

Before We Can Build A Modern Man, We Need To Build A Modern Boy

Alison Powell | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Parents
Alison Powell

bmm banner.jpg The title of this series triggered in me the firmly held belief that any attempt to build a modern man must incorporate building a modern boy. Declaring my interest, I am the mother of a daughter and son, both primary age with less than two years between them. The difference in how they are treated and talked to by the modern world never ceases to astound me.

Social Media And Mental Health - So Many Windows Open But No Fresh Air

Nikki Mattocks | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nikki Mattocks

I first got a Facebook account when I was 10 years old, I remember being so excited about this amazing new online world I had joined, without realising the dangers that come with it. At first I mainly used it to play games, but then I realised I didn't have as many friends as everyone else, I didn't have as many likes as everyone else, I didn't have as many comments as everyone else.

It's OK for Men to Express Their Emotions

Bradley Cates | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

A true man should not be afraid to cry. A true man should not be afraid to ask others to help them when they are in need. A man crying and talking about their feelings is not a weakness, it is bravery. Do not be scared to be brave.

When The Only Way To Access Psychiatric Help Is In Prison

Joy Hibbins | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

It was extremely upsetting to see him in court, but I also felt relief at seeing him alive. Indeed, when we first heard that he had been arrested and was in custody, both his mum and I thought "at least he is safe now".

Suicide: Why Do Mental Health Professionals Tell Patients "It's Your Decision"?

Joy Hibbins | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

On several occasions, when I was at the point of suicide, mental health professionals told me that it was "my choice" or "my decision" to end my life....

Bravery

Chris Lambert | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Lambert

People who die by suicide do not want to end their lives, but want to end their pain and suffering. It is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and whilst for the individual they may not be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel there is a light that never goes out. You may not always be able to see it, but it is there and that light is fueled by you.

Husband, I'm Sorry You Couldn't Cry

Poorna Bell | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

There is not a day, hour or minute, when I don't wish you back into existence, so I can kiss you and hold you and tell you again and again how things can get better. That being a man is so much more than being physically strong or holding down a job. That if you talked to your friends about what was wrong, they would listen gladly. And that it's okay to cry, in fact, it's damn near essential that men are able to cry because no human being can hold stoic silence in the midst of all that life throws at you. I'm sorry being a man killed you. And I'm just so sorry it is killing so many like you.

Austerity Has Created A Mental Health Crisis

Bryan Blears | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Bryan Blears

Austerity measures have contributed to the creation of a mental health crisis. The sufferers of mental illnesses are being increasingly left to deal with their conditions on their own instead of being offered the medical treatment which they desperately need.

Up To One Million Women Suffer From Extreme Form Of PMS That Can Cause Psychosis

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A large number of women in the UK could be suffering from an extreme version of PMS, which can lead to severe depression and psychosis, a leading gyna...

Are Our Psychiatric Hospitals Safe Enough? Suicide And Absconding Among Inpatients

Joy Hibbins | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Joy Hibbins

We often feel relief when someone we care about is admitted to psychiatric hospital at a time when they are at risk of suicide. We assume that they are safe there. This is not always the case, and sometimes patients do die by suicide while they are inpatients in psychiatric units. These are catastrophic events. Such deaths devastate families and are almost always avoidable.

Over The Edge And Back Again: An Incredible Story Of Life After A Suicide Attempt

Olive Barton | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Olive Barton

I stumbled across Josh and the challenge he has undertaken when scrolling through LinkedIn one evening. I was immediately struck by his strength to take positives from such a dark period of his life to not only help shape the challenges of his future, but to inspire others who face similar anxieties and worries to speak more openly about how they feel...

'Cold Feet' Wins Widespread Praise For Powerful Suicide Contemplation Scenes

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Entertainment

‘Cold Feet’ has received widespread praise from fans, after it aired its most powerful scenes ever, which saw Pete Gifford contemplating suicide. ...

Opening A Dialogue In Mental Health

Jonny Martell | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Martell

Open Dialogue might offer me a way to work that my father, were he still sitting by that fire, might understand, respect and respond to. For those living with severe mental illness, it could offer more hope of life after recovery.