Mental health, Suicide prevention, Mental illness
25 June, 2015

More often than not, I hear that suicide is selfish...I personally couldn't disagree more!

Suicide is a decision made out of desperation, isolation and hopelessness. The black hole that is clinical depression or complete emotional turmoil becomes all-consuming. Feeling like a burden to loved ones, feeling like there is no way out and feeling completely trapped are all common thoughts among people who want their lives to end.

That's not to say that all individuals who take their own lives are clinically depressed but deep sadness, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts are prominent symptoms of depression.

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Community, Mental health, Railway, Suicide
1 June, 2015

A rail firm was forced to apologise after passengers on a delayed train were told someone ‘couldn’t be bothered to live anymore’.

Yes someone really did say that!

I still cannot believe I read this comment in regards to someone taking their life on a railway last week.

The completely insensitive announcement on the Plymouth-bound journey left many in shock. It came after a man was killed by a train between Slough and Reading earlier in the day.

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Mental health
10 May, 2015

Monday's Channel 4 documentary "The stranger on the Bridge" following  the poignant Finding Mike campaign was so stunningly put together that I had to write about it...

The programme followed the amazing Jonny Benjamin's #FindMike campaign which sought to find the passerby who talked him out of taking his life on Waterloo Bridge six years ago. Jonny was only 20 years old at the time and had been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder which has features of schizophrenia and a mood disorder - either bipolar disorder or depression.

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