World Suicide Prevention Day

WSPD 18

In support of wold suicide prevention day which happened on 10 Sep 18, I have put together a special mix of happy tunes to keep your spirits high!

Suicide in the UK

In 2015 75% of all reported suicides were male which equated to 4,997 and is the single biggest cause of death for men under the age of 45. The highest rate of suicides sat within the 40-44 age range.

I remember a few years ago when I did some work for a railway company and there were some shocking truths regarding suicide. They are prevalent within the railway as for many a choice to end their lives culminates in jumping in front of a train. There is a policy in place that if a train driver experiences 3 suicides, then they are retired from driving and given a desk job the remainder of their career. The worst thing I found was that I actually met some of them, so it takes urban myth into reality.

Preventing Suicide

The Railway also support front line staff to handle potential suicide; all staff are trained that their first action should be to simply speak to people. Mental health awareness website Help Guide have speaking as their number one tip:

“Talking to a friend or family member about their suicidal thoughts and feelings can be extremely difficult for anyone. But if you’re unsure whether someone is suicidal, the best way to find out is to ask. You can’t make a person suicidal by showing that you care. In fact, giving a suicidal person the opportunity to express his or her feelings can provide relief from loneliness and pent-up negative feelings, and may prevent a suicide attempt.”

Organisations such as Combat Stress can help vulnerable people especially veterans, who are hurting, to find a way to talk. If you ever feel that there is no way out, there are plenty of places, people and organisations that are there to help. You are not alone!

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