We see the harsh reality of suicide everyday in the news, especially that of young people and young adults so why is this continuing to plague us in a time of awareness and acceptance? What can we do to potentially change someones life?
In 2017 there were 5,821 suicides registered in the UK and nearly 100 children aged 10 to 14 killed themselves in the UK in the past decade, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Suicide is epidemic but yet we see so much being done to help support our communities and prevent our demons from taking control so why are we still losing the war on suicide? Awareness.
Everyday people fight depression and everyday people win, however this isn't the case for everyone whether this is because its seen as a taboo subject or these people don't want to open up or maybe even due to the ignorance of other people but these are the people who need help the most. Everyone struggles with depression at some time in their life even if they don't recognise it or have a diagnosis for it , regardless of race, ethnicity or gender and in such a time of awareness we need to be talking to our peers and loved ones about these problems and break the taboo of our emotions. In general there is a pressure for men especially, to bundle their feelings up and not be open, this is completely counter productive, the biggest men cry and the biggest men are emotional so we shouldn't be afraid to open up to each other about our emotions. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 50 years old and is massively more common among men than women. There is no one definite cause for this, but 75% of the 5,821 suicides in Great Britain in 2017 involved men. This is why it's important to remember that there is nothing unusual about feeling down, or helpless, and that it's always a better option to talk about things rather than becoming bogged down with them.
At Mode we have a 24/7 support helpline and are open for emotional support that's 100% confidential.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Ben Stollery in this time of struggle and to all who attended last night's memorial.