World Suicide Prevention Day
70% of those who have endured this ‘treatment’ report suicidal thoughts as a direct result. This must be the last World Suicide Prevention Day where we are plagued by this vile practice.
Figures last week showed that the suicide rate among men has fallen - but the growing number of teen suicides across genders is deeply alarming, and female rates have actually worsened
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and I believe that we need a national programme aimed at destigmatising suicide across public life
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
'Just to know someone is thinking about you can make a world of difference.'
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?