This episode is an urgent response to some very sad recent news about two high-profile individuals taking their own lives and some very worrying statistics. In the same week as the deaths a report was published in the UK showing that teen suicides are on the rise and have increased by 107% in London in the last 5 years, which is four times the national average. Recent research from the CDC showed that since 1999 the suicide rate in the US grew by more than 25%. Last week the funeral was held for Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii, who is also believed to have taken his own life.
So, in this episode, I have teamed up with a colleague to help offer some support for people struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicide or anyone worried about a loved one. Dr Sarah Vohra (@themindmedic) is a Child Psychiatrist, Columnist and Bestselling Author of Mental Health in Children and Young People and we discuss how to identify depression and suicide risk in yourself, children and adults. We offer strategies on how to intervene during the early stages of depression before it reaches crisis point but also describe what the priorities are if you believe someone is at imminent risk of self-harm or suicide. Crucially, we offer practical tips on how to have the very difficult but incredibly important conversation, how to ask someone if they are having thoughts of taking their own lives. We talk about what happens after an attempt and provide resources for people bereaved by suicide.
This was a heavy conversation even for us and we understand that these issues are very difficult to think about, talk about and listen to. So please, if you are concerned about yourself or someone else right now, do call emergency services immediately. This episode is for information only and should not be taken as diagnosis or treatment. It does not replace contact with a health professional. If you are feeling particularly fragile it may be best for you not to listen to this episode but to reach out to a friend or one of the resources that I have attached to the show notes that can be found below.
- 111 - NHS Urgent Concerns
- 999 - Emergency services
- Samaritans 116 123 Text: Email Jo@samaritans.org
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men. Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
- Maytree - A sanctuary for the suicidal 020 7263 7070 (North London) www.maytree.org.uk/index.php
- MIND 0300 123 3393 (Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm) www.mind.org.uk
- Papyrus - Prevention of Young Suicide 0800 068 41 41 (Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm / 7pm – 10pm. Weekends 2pm – 5pm) www.papyrus-uk.org
- Childline – 0800 1111
- Silverline 0800 4 70 80 90
- James’ Place – Non clinical space for men in crisis. Based in Liverpool Opening on 19th June.
- Nightline - https://www.nightline.ac.uk/ university campuses. Nighttime listening service. Run by students for students. Details available from your student union
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
- The Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth thetrevorproject.org 1-866-488-7386 text ‘Trevor’ to 1-202-304-1200
- SamaritansUSA www.samaritansusa.org
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention https://afsp.org/
Bereaved by suicide
- Cruse Bereavment Care https://www.cruse.org.uk/traumatic-bereavement/suicide 0808 808 1677
- Support after suicide http://supportaftersuicide.org.uk/
- Survivors of Bereavment by Suicide https://uksobs.org/ 0300 111 5065 email firstname.lastname@example.org support groups
- Help is at Hand Guidebook https://issuu.com/reset-magazine/docs/england_-_help_is_at_hand
- Finding the Words – Guidebook on helping someone who has been bereaved by suicide: http://supportaftersuicide.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Finding_the_Words.pdf