In todays episode I am joined by Marisa Mae who shares her story about a friend who unfortunately took his life.
Coincidentally, yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day and suicide appears to be increasing year after year. What can we do to be more self aware and also mindful of how other people are doing.
Here are some facts taken from the Samaritans website.
Key Facts From 2018
Total number of suicides
In the UK & Republic of Ireland, there were 6,859 suicides in 2018. In the UK, there were 6,507 suicides. In the Republic of Ireland, there were 352 suicides
UK: an increase in the overall suicide rate
Deaths by suicide rose by 11.8% in the UK in 2018.
Suicide rates for men and women
In the UK, men are three times as likely to die by suicide than women. In the Republic of Ireland, the rate is four times higher among men than women.
UK: rising suicide rates in under-25s
The rate of deaths among under 25s increased by 23.7%, reaching 730 deaths in 2018.
Myth: People who talk about suicide aren’t serious and won’t go through with it.
Fact: People who kill themselves have often told someone that they do not feel life is worth living or that they have no future. Some may have actually said they want to die.
It’s possible that someone might talk about suicide as a way of getting attention, in the sense of calling out for help.
It’s important to always take someone seriously if they talk about feeling suicidal. Helping them get the support they need could save their life.
Myth: Talking about suicide is a bad idea as it may give someone the idea to try it.
Fact: Suicide can be a taboo topic. Often, people who are feeling suicidal don’t want to worry or burden anyone with how they feel and so they don’t discuss it.
But, by asking someone directly about suicide, you give them permission to tell you how they feel. People who have felt suicidal will often say what a huge relief it was to be able to talk about what they were experiencing.
Once someone starts talking they’ve got a better chance of discovering options that aren’t suicide.
Myth: Most suicides happen in the winter months.
Fact: Suicide is complex, and it’s not just related to the seasons and the climate being hotter or colder, and having more or less light. In general, suicide is more common in the spring, and there’s a noticeable peak in risk on New Year’s Day.
Myth: If a person is serious about killing themselves then there’s nothing you can do.
Fact: Often, feeling actively suicidal is temporary, even if someone has been feeling low, anxious or struggling to cope for a long period of time. This is why getting the right kind of support at the right time is so important.
Please support Marisa’s event next month which will be focused around all things mental health with panellists, spoken word artists and even more entertainment. Tickets are available from Eventbrite.
If you are affected by anything we speak about in this episode, please head over to the resources page or alternatively drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care of yourself.