In 2016 6,000 people died by suicide in the UK and in 2018 this figure had risen to 6,507.
Another way to look at the figures is
Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male
Whilst we are getting better at talking about suicide we still need to bring it out in to the open.so we are more at ease talking to anyone who we feel may be thinking about harming themselves or committing suicide
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
But it never feels that way to the person., when someone is thinking these thoughts it seems like the only option they have left
So how do we talk about?
It will never feel easy to talk about suicide but there are ways to approach someone .
Let the person know that you can see they are upset and or not themselves.
Ask them what is wrong, how they are feeling
Have they consider suicide.
Have they taken anything (if they have then dial 999 or take them to A&E
Make sure you have some useful numbers handy
So, what are the signs?
These can be varied but some signs to look for are
Depression can strike anyone at any time for any reason.
It can be devastating not only to the person dealing with it but also to their family and friends.
You can feel drained and tired all the time, but not able to sleep, or having a disturbed sleep..
You may stop eating or over eat.
You have dark and sad thoughts that make you feel sad and angry.. You can feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders literally, it feels like no matter what you do its never right.
You don't want to see anyone, don't want to go out, its an effort to shower, dress, do your hair or makeup, let alone do any house work!
GP's will be able to give you medications that can help ease these feelings and counselling can help.
Help Numbers and Resources
PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide
SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
HUB OF HOPE
i hope you never find yourself in a situation where someone is thinking of committing suicide but I can't stress enough how important it is to learn what you can do in the unlikely event you do find yourself in this situation.
ZERO SUICIDE ALLIANCE
This web site gives you a short introduction to the suicide course and you can then decide if you want to continue.
This type of training needs to become as widely taught as learning CPR and what to do in a stroke
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