84 MEN A WEEK!
Every week in the UK, 84 men take their own lives.
It is time to make a stand against male suicide and speak out.
Sometimes the signs are obvious that someone is feeling suicidal, but that isn’t always the case. Suicide is not a mental illness in itself but is a serious potential consequence of treatable mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, substance abuse and eating disorders.
Being aware of the warning signs and talking about male suicide more could really help. So, some of the signs to be aware of are:
- Long-lasting sadness
- Mood swings or unexpected rage
- Hopelessness, perhaps with little expectation that anything can improve
- Sleep problems
- Feeling like a burden
- Isolation and withdrawal, choosing to be alone and avoiding social activities.
- Sudden calmness, after a period of unhappiness a sudden sense of calm can be a sign that the person has decided to end his or her life.
- Changes in appearance, perhaps no longer taking care of personal hygiene.
- Dangerous behaviours, such a being unusually reckless with behaviours.
- Recent trauma or life crisis, major life changes might trigger a suicide attempt.
- Preparing, this could include things like giving away personal possessions, making a will, writing a note or buying the necessary equipment to carry through with their plan to commit suicide.
- Threatening or talking about suicide- research highlights between 50-60% of those considering suicide will give someone a warning sign.
Every threat of suicide should be taken seriously!
Talking to someone you can trust whether it’s a friend, therapist, a helpline or medical professional like your GP is vitally important, we are all here to help and not judge. We are professionally trained to be here ready to help you.
If you’re worried about someone else remember to listen, don’t judge and be compassionate….
Watch this lovely video from This Morning helping to raise awareness.
IF YOU BELIEVE SOMEONE YOU KNOW IT IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OF KILLING HIMSELF OR HERSELF:
- DO NOT LEAVE THE PERSON ALONE
- CALL 999 OR TAKE THE PERSON TO A&E
- INFORM A FRIEND OR RELATIVE OF THE SITUATION FOR SUPPORT