Thursday 10th September 2020
Suicide is not something we often talk about; however, many people will testify that suicide has touched their lives in some way. Some of us have lost family members, friends, colleagues to suicide and yet we do not talk about it. TIME TO CHANGE
Let’s talk about suicide, about loss and about how this could be prevented. There is a saying currently going round Facebook “I would rather listen to your problems than attend your funeral”. I am sure we all feel this way. Therefore, let us be the generation where stigma surrounding mental health finally disappears and we accept that we are all unique and suffer different problems in different ways. Let’s start the conversation of talking and not hiding how we really feel and what is bothering us.
In 2019 there were 5,691 suicides registered in England Wales. Men aged between 45 to 49 had the highest suicide rate. The suicide prevention strategy is aimed at reducing the number of preventable suicides. (Sky News, 01/09/2020)
This suicide prevention week take the time to join in a walk, talk or make time for a cuppa with someone. Let us start to make the change.
Events that can be attended for free
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts / feelings currently
Please contact: SAMARITANS on 116 123 this is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or West London Trust Single Point of Access on 0300 123 4244.
For more information, please follow the link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/
If you have been affected by suicide and are looking for support, please reach out
The Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership (SBSP)
This is an emerging collaboration between charities in the UK in order to support people over 18 years old who have been bereaved or affected by suicide to access the appropriate services. This is not a Counselling service.
You can get in touch in the following ways:
Helpline: open 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 0300 111 5065
SBSP also provides support groups: Support group meeting day: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month
Phone: (10am – 10pm) David on 0208 675 5862, contact this number to get the details of where they meet location
Facing the future
Provides support groups for people bereaved by suicide. The groups run once a week over six consecutive weeks, with each session lasting for 90 minutes. The sessions are free of charge.
Who can use the service: You must be over 18 to join a group and have lost someone to suicide over three months ago.
How to refer: You can register your interest in attending this group by completing the online form in the Register section: https://www.facingthefuturegroups.org/RegistrationPage or you can email at email@example.com or call 0208 939 9560 and leave a message.
Help is at Hand
This book helps people to understand what they might be feeling, the particular challenges of a bereavement by suicide, how to help someone who has been bereaved as well as practical information about what processes are likely to happen after a person has committed suicide. There are suggested support organisations at the end of this booklet for adults and young people too.
You can also download this booklet here: https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Suicide/Documents/Help%20is%20at%20Hand.pdf
Support for Children
Books about different perspectives of suicide:
A Special Scar: the experiences of people bereaved by suicide Alison Wertheimer. Routledge Mental Health Classics. (2013 – revised).
Beyond the Rough Rock – supporting a child bereaved by suicide Winston’s Wish publication. (2008)
Cry of Pain: understanding suicide and the suicidal mind Mark Williams. Piatkus. (2014)
No Time to Say Goodbye: surviving the suicide of a loved one Carla Fine. Bantam Doubleday Dell. (2002 – reprint)
Silent Grief: living in the wake of suicide Christopher Lukas and Henry Seiden. Jessica Kingsley. (2007 revised)
Help is at Hand
SOBS Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
Hub of Hope
CALM Campaign against living miserably
State of Mind
Stay Alive App