Suicide, what it is, how it affects people & where to go for help


Suicide is the number 1 killer of men below the age of 40 in the UK and the statistics are slowly rising every year.

Have you ever felt that as if you’ve got nothing to live for? Well you are not alone. There are millions of people that feel the same and it is a hard conversation to have but it is one that needs to be had.

There are a million and one reasons that people commit suicide but there are also a million and one reasons to be alive. If you ever have suicidal thoughts try these things:

  1. Talk to someone, anyone.

Sometimes speaking about things that are on your mind helps a lot. Conversation has pulled a lot of people out of a dark places and it could help you too. Speak to your family, friends, colleagues or classmates. There are also people in schools that can help.

2. Do things that you enjoy

Doing things that you enjoy can help to take things off your mind. Playing sports, video games, going out, eating or even listening to music. 

3. Remember that nothing lasts forever

Things can get hard and you can have dark times and it can be hard to believe that better days are coming but you have to remember that things can change at any moment and trying to believe that will help you a lot.

4. Seek help

You can go to your GP or A and E if you are feeling down and they can provide you with support that you need. Alternatively you can visit one of these websites and find out more ways to receive help:

Surviving and overcoming suicide is a long journey but you are not alone and there are people that want to help. 

Happy World Mental Health Day!

Makeda McMillan