World Suicide Prevention Day

It Was The Second Time I Tried To Kill Myself That I Took A Step Back And Said 'I Need Help'

Joe Wilkinson-Welch | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Wilkinson-Welch

The military isn't the kind of environment where you feel like you can openly talk about your problems. But once I did, I was amazed by how much support was out there. I started going to group therapy and that was what changed my life. I was suddenly surrounded by people who felt the same.

Two People Dying By Suicide In Scotland Every Day Is Two Too Many

Toni Giugliano | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK
Toni Giugliano

Right across Scottish society, we need greater awareness about suicide, its devastating impact on families, friends and communities and the steps we can take collectively to prevent more deaths. The majority of people who live with mental health problems never seek professional help, which means that there is a role for all of us to identify and support those experiencing distress.

As Men Become More Stressed Than Ever Before, Barber Shops Act As The Number One Spot For Men To Share Their Mental Health Woes

Tom Chapman | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Chapman

Barber Talk educates barbers in how to spot the signs of depression and mental illness in clients that are willing to open up about it. Then, barbers are encouraged to make their clients feel comfortable in a non-clinical and non-judgemental way, before signposting those in need to suitable professional help, such as charities like the Samaritans.

When Someone You Know Is At Risk Of Suicide: Overcoming The Fear Of Helping

Joy Hibbins | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Hibbins

Sometimes family members are afraid to ask their loved one directly if they are feeling suicidal. "I thought it best not to," one woman told me. It's so important that we do ask the question "Are you feeling suicidal?" It will not put the idea into someone's head. It will allow them the opportunity to disclose their risk.

Where Would You Go If You Had Suicidal Thoughts?

Rachael Newham | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Newham

Hope is not found in claiming that suicide is the unforgivable sin (it's not but that's a matter for another piece). It's not found in telling people to pull themselves together, or banishing them from our churches and communities. It's found in allowing people to give voice to their darkest and scariest thoughts.

Deaths By Suicide May Be Falling, But We Must Realise That Every Single One Can Be Prevented

Poorna Bell | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

It's wonderful news that suicide rates among adults have fallen in the UK and are at a six-year low. But although prevention work by the government has been cited as a reason for success, I'd argue that not enough is being done. We could get there a lot faster and be way more effective about reducing suicides if the government actually prioritised this. We are still behind where we need to be and I'm left wondering what more justification does our government need to take things seriously?

Why We Need To 'Unmute' Conversations About Men's Mental Health This World Suicide Prevention Day

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Suicide statistics may have reached a six-year low, but now is not the time to take suicide and mental health awareness off the agenda. Men still acco...

Suicide Prevention Must Stay At The Top Of The Agenda

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

That the number of suicides in 2016 had dropped by 202 compared with 2015 is welcome. But, we need to remember that every suicide is a tragedy that leaves devastation in its wake. In 2016, 5,668 people took their own lives.

76% Of UK Suicides Are Male - Why?

Jane Powell | Posted 11.09.2017 | 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 11.09.2017 | 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 09.09.2017 | 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 10.09.2017 | 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 10.09.2017 | 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 09.09.2017 | 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 09.09.2017 | 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 08.09.2017 | 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 08.09.2017 | 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 07.09.2017 | 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.