As today is World Suicide Prevention Day, a film entitled “U Can Cope” has been launched. The film features a number of very strong, emotional and honest testimonials by men and women who, for very different reasons, had found themselves thinking suicide was the only option. They all sought help, however, and soon came to realise they were not alone, that it was a huge relief to talk to someone about their problems and that they could find new reasons for living.
The film has been funded by a number of leading charities working to reduce suicide, alongside professional bodies, primary care and training organisations. It includes expert commentaries from Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Dr Alys Cole-King and Professor Stephen Platt, a Samaritans’ Trustee and eminent academic in the field of suicide prevention. It promotes three main messages:
Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts,
There is always hope,
There is always help.
Suicide – bit of a taboo word, isn’t it? The sort of word that can hush a room full of people, the sort of word reserved for serious conversations and serious, perhaps desperate times; the sort of word that isn’t thrown about willingly. In short, it’s a word that everyone knows but not everyone is familiar with, or thinks about, the devastating effects the act can, and does, have on family members, friends, a community, even strangers. Some people think of suicide as a way out of a situation, or situations, that they can no longer control. For example, financial difficulties or relationship problems. But there are better choices; there is a lot of support out there and people who are able to help a person who’s struggling with thoughts of suicide to get through those thoughts and to provide them with hope and show anyone who’s struggling to cope that it is possible to overcome any suicidal thoughts and feelings.
The underlying reasons for feeling suicidal are different for each person. Sometimes it may be due to a mental illness or physical illness or triggered by things like the loss of a relationship, the loss of support, financial worries, appearing in court or the death of a loved one. But it’s not always the case that a person necessarily wants their life to end, it’s usually because they feel that they just cannot cope with their emotional or physical pain any more. And that they feel the best decision would be to end all the pain, as they won’t suffer anymore.
But there is hope and help for anyone who needs it. All you need to do is pick up the phone or email. We need to talk about problems and our worries more so that people are not afraid to seek help.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, be aware of the help that is available to you. It may seem like you’re the only person who can deal with your problems but there are other people out there just like you. And they, too, are struggling with problems of their own.
There are leading charities working to reduce suicide, alongside professional bodies, primary care and training organisations who are there to help and guide you through getting past these thoughts.
Get in touch with some of the organisations today. It could be the best thing you’ve done. People are here to help:
Open Minds Alliance CIC: http://connectingwithpeople.org/
The Royal College of Psychiatrists: http://rcpsych.ac.uk/
Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board Charitable Funds: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/861/home
Primhe and Primhe Training CIC: http://primhe.ning.com/
Sandwell PCT: http://www.blackcountry.nhs.uk/
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: http://www.bacp.co.uk/
STORM Skills Training CIC: http://www.stormskillstraining.co.uk/
Mental Health Foundation: http://mentalhealth.org.uk/
British Association of Social Workers: http://www.basw.co.uk/
Cariad yn Cyfri: http://cariadyncyfri.co.uk/
Suicide Safer London: http://www.suicidesaferlondon.org.uk/
If you’re in RCT and you, or one of your mates needs help and you’re not sure where to go there are lots of ways to get support:
Eye To Eye Wales provides help and guidance via face-to-face help and they also provide support over the telephone. For more information, check out:
Samaritans offers 24-hour confidential support, by phone, e-mail or face-to-face. For more information, check out: http://www.samaritans.org/
You can also seek help through your local, detached youth workers:
Lead worker for help with mental health and wellbeing:
Tel – 07825675845
Chris Medlicott (Comm 1st)
MEIC is the information, advice and support helpline for children and young people in Wales. For more information, check out: http://meiccymru.org/
CAMHS is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) NHS-provided services for children in the mental health arena in the UK. For more information, check out: http://www.camhscares.nhs.uk/
You can also seek advice through your local doctor.