Welfare Wednesday: Suicide

*Please bare in mind this post has a trigger warning. It is on the topic of suicide.*
💔 This past weekend, the nation was rocked. Caroline Flack committee suicide and whilst this is not the originally scheduled post that was meant to be shared this week, it was too important not to discuss.

💔 There are 16 deaths by suicide every day in the United Kingdom. Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 45 years old. They are unfortunately, very scary, very sad but very true statistics.

💔 1 in 5 people have thought about suicide at some time in their life. Not all people who die by suicide have mental health problems. If someone is telling you they are suicidal, treat it as a plea for help and not a cry for attention. It is important to support them in getting the right kind of support, at the right time.

💔 Today, it is important to reiterate the specialised services and help available to anyone, anytime they need it. Call your GP and ask for an emergency appointment. Call NHS 111 for out-of-hours. Call Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123. Some lesser known groups are: CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) who have a helpline (5pm – midnight) and a webchat to support men OR Papyrus which is a dedicated service for young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person.

💔 In the word's of Caroline Flack: "In a world where you can be anything, be kind." Words and actions affect people. Social media and the bigger media have an incredible power over people's lives.

💔 If you are affected by this in anyway, please reach out to services directly.