World Suicide Prevention Day

76% Of UK Suicides Are Male - Why?

Jane Powell | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Powell

Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, the focus is male suicide. Suicide is currently the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK, and men are nearly four times more likely than women to take their own life. It is great that we are, finally and collectively, encouraging men to get support. But surely the big, currently unanswered question is why men.

We Have Never Done Enough To Provide Adequate Mental Health Services In Our Prisons

Luciana Berger | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Today, we think about all the families affected by suicide, and recognise the role of those professionals and volunteers who provide care, counselling and support. We should also give some attention to people who the Courts have determined should be deprived of their freedom, because time spent in prison should not mean losing your life to suicide.

What Other People Need To Understand About Suicide Prevention

Poorna Bell | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

What I've learned was acquired the hard way. The irony of losing someone to suicide is that it also robs you of your own want and need to stay in this world. Finally you understand that desperate place they were at, the wish for peace and an end to feeling as awful as you do every minute of every day.

How Can We Prevent Our Suicide Crisis?

Matt Streuli | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Streuli

We live in a country where more teenagers are self-harming than ever. We live in a country where the biggest killer of men is not guns, cars or cancer but suicide (men under 50, ONS). In the UK, one person ends their own life every TWO hours. It's Time To Change.

World Suicide Prevention Day; Don't Overlook It

Clare Smith | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Smith

The point is it could be anyone. So in a world where it's easy to live in a bubble, all I can say is; be in the moment and try your best with people. Be the best person you can be in any given situation. The C words don't cost us a thing and who knows, you may even make a new friend, by just the simple act of talking to someone and showing you have noticed them.

Suicide Is Your Business

Natalie Howarth | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Howarth

Putting aside your judgements and discomfort, your need to rescue, fix and make everything okay, your desperate need to brush it under the carpet because you don't know how to respond, or your need to fulfil your curiosity...put all of that to one side so you can truly be there for that person in that moment. By giving that person the space and time to talk about their darkest feelings, their fears and thoughts of suicide, to give them permission to cry, show their vulnerability, their true state of mind and feelings....might just help prevent them from ending their life.

Put A Little Love In Your Hearts This World Suicide Prevention Day

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day, a day to reflect and reach out to those people who might be at risk or suffering in silence. Members of the transgender community are particularly vulnerable and awareness days such as this shine a much-needed spotlight on an issue which is rarely acknowledged, let alone discussed.

Suicide Is Always Preventable - But While It Remains A Taboo In Society, It Is Much Less So

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

Suicide is a difficult subject to address, but I do so in the hope that people may understand the psyche of someone who is suicidal. More than this, I hope to show anyone who is suicidal that it is always possible to overcome the feeling of wanting to end your own life... In the UK, 17 people take their own lives every single day. Suicide has become the biggest killer of men under 45 in our country, whilst in women the most recent suicide rates showed numbers at a 10-year high. The statistics speak for themselves. And yet so few people actually speak about them.

World Suicide Prevention Day: Why Connection, Communication and Care Should Be At The Heart Of Suicide Prevention

Joy Hibbins | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Hibbins

Perhaps the most important thing to communicate is that we care. A client at the point of suicide needs to know this. When I was under mental health services myself, I didn't have a sense of being cared for and some clients report having also felt this way. My impression has been that staff may have a fear of showing they care or that they deem it unwise to do so.

It's No Coincidence That It Was A Person With Mental Health Diagnoses Who Set Up A Suicide Crisis Centre Which Has Achieved Zero Suicide

Joy Hibbins | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Hibbins

If anyone doubts that a person with significant mental health challenges can run an organisation such as ours, then I hope that my experience serves as reassurance. What many people saw as such a severe disadvantage has been a strength. If I had not developed mental health issues, our charity and our Suicide Crisis Centre would not exist.

Domestic Abuse Victim's Moving Video Is Going Viral For All The Right Reasons

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A domestic abuse victim has shared a moving video about her suicidal thoughts to help others who are suffering. Taz Thornton, an empowerment coach...

You Don't Need to Be an Expert Listener to Reach Out

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Sutherland

Listening really does have the power to dramatically change how someone is feeling. At a time when you believe you are not worth caring about, somebody asking you how you are can alter your point of view and bring peace of mind.

An Open Letter for Those Who Have Thought About Ending It All

James Dwyer | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Dwyer

I'm sure, like me, you go through times when you wonder what it's all about. Why does so much bad stuff happen? Why is it so difficult for things to just be... good? Why do I feel so miserable? Is there any point carrying on?

We Have a National Difficulty in Talking About Suicide - But Talking About It Is the First Step to Helping

Alistair Burt | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burt

We are now better than ever before at talking about mental health and I want to thank all those who have told me - and others - their stories and experiences - both good and bad. Their stories move me and spur me on to do all I can to continue to improve mental health services. I think each and every person involved is providing such care with such commitment.

Suicide Prevention Is a Tough Subject for Those of Us Left Behind

Poorna Bell | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

"How could I have prevented it?" It's the question every person asks if their lives have been touched by the death of a loved one who killed themselves. It doesn't matter if you were the distant friend who saw them once a year or the spouse who kissed them goodbye hours before. It haunts your every waking moment. Every last moment is pulled into sharp focus: the last meeting you cancelled, the fight you had, the phone call you didn't make, the I Love You that stayed inside your mouth. My husband Rob passed away from suicide this year, a lost battle against a depression that had gripped him for decades. How could I have prevented it? It is a question I ask myself every day.

'We Want To Reduce Suicides By Better Supporting Those At Risk'

PA | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK

The government has promised to pump £1.5m into research exploring how to prevent suicides among those most at risk of taking their own lives. The ...

I Hate Myself & I Want To Die: The Deadly Embrace of Rock Music & Suicide

Chris Price | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK
Chris Price

Untold column inches will rightly be expended this week marking the release twenty years ago of Nirvana's epoch-defining and cosmos-transforming album Nevermind. Rather more inches, I'm willing to bet, than were given over to World Suicide Prevention Day last week.