Suicide Prevention Day – 10 September
Written by Rhian Bumford – Trainee Solicitor – Mental Health Law
The word ‘suicide‘ is usually a difficult one for people to talk about or sometimes even say. This is why it is all the more important that we do talk about it, in order to erase the stigma and shame around this sensitive subject and allow more conversation in the hope of prevention.
We live in a world where we are all so easily connected to one another, not only does this make our personal and work lives somewhat easier, but this can also present challenges to those that are struggling with their mental health. The connectivity can bring about unnecessary pressures and anxiety.
Someone who is struggling with these feelings may feel alone and that they have nowhere or no one to talk to. Often the victims are ashamed and do not want to burden anyone else with how they are feeling.
Within the Mental Health department at CJCH, we are exposed to the incredibly intricate world of mental health every day. No two clients are the same and every client is unique in their own way. Dealing with their own different thoughts and feelings, often something as simple as a conversation with a client who is battling with their mental health can make a huge difference to their day.
Samaritans provide various resources to support those who are struggling with these issues and have outlined some myths around suicide which are useful for all to read. Although suicide affects all, recent UK statistics have shown that there is a larger proportion of men prone to suicide, with the highest suicide rates being observed in the age groups of men between 45 and 49. Suicide not only affects the victim but the family and friends around, and it is important to remember that suicide does not discriminate.
If you are struggling, please speak up there is ALWAYS someone that will listen and help. A problem shared is a problem halved.
Please, remember it’s okay not to be okay!
Resources you can use for help: