Suicide and Suicide Awareness

For many of us suicide is something we very much hope we will never have to think about or deal with. Unfortunately, however, the number of suicides which happen each year continues to increase and, hence, with this alarming statistic suicide awareness and its prevention is something we should all pay attention to.

Suicide and Gender

Statistically men are more likely to commit suicide than women. According to the Mental Health Foundation , of the approximate 6000 suicides that occur each year in England and Wales, three-quarters are among men. This disproportion has been similar since the mid-1990s. For England, data collected by The Samaritans in 2020, suggests males aged 45-49 have the highest suicide rate (23.8 per 100,000)

Male or female, this still leave 6000 individuals feeling suicide is the only option, as well as those who attempt suicide or have serious suicidal thoughts – data of which is difficult to reflect accurately.

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The importance of suicide awareness

The statistics continue to make for frightening reading, and it once again confirms why the work of raising awareness as well as improving the mental health education and access to wellbeing resources continues to be vital – especially here at The Holistic Healthcare Group.

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on 10th September every year – led by the International Association for Suicide Prevention . The role of the awareness day is not just to make people sit up and understand suicide rates but to give people the understanding, education and confidence to provide support and help to those who may be suffering.

See also this helpful resource from the CIPD, entitled Responding to Suicide Risk in the Workplace .

Education and training

The Holistic Healthcare Group offers a wide range of education and training on mental health wellbeing and emotional support as well as specific advice if you, your business or school is affected by suicide or attempted suicide.

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Helping those with suicidal thoughts

It is normal to sometimes feel sad, down or lonely. However, suicidal thoughts or feelings should, of course, be taken more seriously.

According Young Minds, suicidal thoughts include:

  • always talking or thinking about death
  • deep depression and sadness
  • losing interest in daily life
  • having increasing trouble sleeping and eating
  • feeling helpless or worthless
  • self-harming
  • feeling angry and that things can’t change

Importantly, once again we return to our ethos of prevention is better than cure, because suicide is often a result of feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, or in reaction to a traumatic event.

As individuals, knowing how to help improve our own mental health at times of extreme stress can help to reduce the downwards spiral towards suicide or attempted suicide.

Furthermore, education of these mental health issues can help us to recognise severe depression or even suicidal thoughts or considerations in others around us, including friends, family and colleagues.

Helping those affected by suicide

As well as suicide prevention and awareness, it is also vital that we consider those affected by suicide – parents and children, friends and family, students and work colleagues.

Much has been done to remove the stigma of suicide through the understanding of mental illness, but issues remain surrounding arguments of ‘selfishness’ and ‘taking the easy way out’, as well as religious beliefs in relation to suicide. It can be a difficult area to navigate and to ensure you are offering support in a sensitive way.

Once again, raising awareness of how those affected by suicide should be supported, as well as the relevant education and resources being made available – especially to teachers and team leaders. Importantly, it is vital that individuals know where professional help is available.

Suicide prevention can be a role for everyone

From looking after your own mental health to reaching out to those you are concerned about, we can all play a part in preventing suicide.

Relatively ‘minor’ mental health issues can spiral but we are on a mission here at The Holistic Health Group to prevent rather than look to cure mental health issues – after all, suicide can not be ‘cured’. It’s too late.

Consider how you are helping yourself, your employees and your students to maintain their mental well-being. Are you giving them all of the education, resources, tools and support you can?

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