Suicide is a tragedy that can affect every single one of us. We’ve all heard of suicide but no-one ever expects to be effected by it until the day it does. Over 6000 individuals in the UK last year committed suicide. But what drives someone to this point? What makes someone feel so hopeless that the only relief is to take their own life?
The Mental Health support organization, MIND states that the causes of suicide can vary between each person. Causes of suicide can occur as a result of homelessness, domestic abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, bullying in schools, workplace and at home. Causes of suicide or suicidal behaviour are not isolated to just experiences, people with mental health conditions like Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder are far more prone to having suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
The Kings Fund, a UK independent charity for health improvement and health care, states that “funding for mental health services has been cut in recent years.” Their analysis has shown that 40% of all mental health facilities has been cut in funding in 2013/14 and 2014/15. Funding is not the only issue that we’re facing but also a lack in quality of care is also said to have been prevalent in mental health facilities where only 14% of mental health patients are receiving appropriate care in an emergency.
Despite the issues that mental health facilities are facing, it is advised that people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings contact their local GP for an emergency appointment or contact the NHS 111. People who have experienced suicidal attempts or acts of self harm are advised to go to their nearest A&E hospital, contact emergency services or ask someone to take you to a hospital or call on your behalf. Alternatively, young people can contact PAPYRUS a service dedicated to young people worried about their feelings and require advice through their helpline number on 0880 068 4141.
For people who have friends and family members who are suicidal, you can help by lending a hand to that individual, offer an open ear and let them know you are there to help them out regardless of the odds against them. Letting them know that you are willing to hear them out and offer support can give them the motivation to continue looking at the light at the end of the tunnel.
Written and produced by Leonardo Baruzzo.