We Need to Talk About Suicide – Mental Health Awareness Week ‘19

As Mental Health Awareness week is coming up, PrestonHub wants to explore issues that many suffer with and reach out to the public to seek help and talk.

What Are Suicidal Thoughts?

The term “Suicidal thoughts” is one of the most terrifying concepts we face in the 21st century. How do we deal or talk about the idea of someone’s thought to end their own life? Suicidal thoughts may include;
– Wanting to end your life
– ‘Life would be better off without me’
– Making plans and methods to end your life
– Hopelessness, Uselessness, Unwanted
– Unescapable emotional pain

Unfortunately for many, these thoughts turn to an act and then a reality, which is why it is so important to talk about Suicide.

How Prevalent Is This?

Suicidal thoughts may be affecting thousands of men and women every day, much so that estimates believe every 2 hours someone takes their own life in the UK.

The numbers are extremely troubling. According to Samaritans ‘in 2017, there were 6,213 suicides in the UK’ of which males were found to be ‘three times as likely to take their own life’.

The belief behind the tripled male risk is that of stigma, or the belief ‘it’s not manly to talk about your problems’.

How Do People Get Suicidal Thoughts?

Suicidal thoughts can become present as a result of many different factors such as home and work issues, personal struggles, physical and mental health, thoughts and feelings of loneliness and despair; some feel suicidal without a conscious reason why. Whatever the reason support is available to help you.

What Help Is Available?

– Your regular or local GP / Doctor
– Talking Therapies / Counselling/ Psychotherapy
– Telephone support & Samaritans
– Crisis Teams
– Support Groups (Both Local and Online)
– Medications (Speak to your doctor).

Are We Getting There?

CALM claim their service use to help prevent suicide increased 58% over last year and according to the CEO the ‘wheels are definitely in motion but there’s a long way to go’.

Each year suicide survivors and those who’ve had suicidal thoughts share their stories to the public in hope to reach out to others to let them know they’re not alone and can get help.

It’s a tough fight, but it’s an important fight we all must be aware of. Ask those around you if they are “alright” and together encourage those suffering to seek help. Mental Health awareness week is a great chance to encourage those suffering to seek help and talk, and to spread the word that everyone can be affected by mental health difficulties, but we shouldn’t suffer in silence.

Richard Bullen
Richard is a Psychotherapist in Preston. You can contact him on 07572277943 or at

If you know anyone at risk; below I have attached Mind.org’s steps to contact in an emergency.

Mind.org.uk say in a Suicidal Emergency;
“If you don’t feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help.
• go to any hospital A&E department (sometimes known as the emergency department)
• call 999 and ask for an ambulance if you can’t get to A&E
• ask someone else to contact 999 for you or take you to A&E immediately”


If you need some support right now, but don’t want to go to A&E, here are some other options for you to try:

• contact the Samaritans on freephone 116 123, they’re open 24 hours and are there to listen

• contact your GP for an emergency appointment or the out of hours team

• call NHS 111 (England) or NHS Direct 0845 46 47 (Wales)

• contact your local crisis team

• click the yellow ‘I need urgent help’ button at the top of this screen for more options

• see our page on helping yourself cope right now, and on crisis services.

For more information on this access the Mind website.

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