I really struggled as to whether I actually wanted to go through with publishing this post. I’ve have had it written for weeks but something was preventing me from actually scheduling it. It may have been the sensitive topic, or just that this is a little different from my usual posts, whatever the reason this is the post that nearly wasn’t.
In the end I made the decision to publish as this is a subject that needs to be discussed; people need to be aware of the facts and figure. Mental health is important and should be openly talked about.
2017 has seen suicide make the headlines on several occasions. We’ve seen ’13 Reasons Why’ become one of the most tweeted about shows of the year so far and we have lost both Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington along with many other equally important mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters and friends.
According to the World Health Organisation, 800,000 people die by suicide globally each year. That’s one person every 40 seconds. In addition to this it’s thought that almost 25 times as many people make a suicide attempt.
Statistics shows that suicide doesn’t discriminate. It can affect people from all walks of life, it doesn’t care if you are young or old; male or female; rich or poor.
We are constantly seeing articles in the news about how funding for mental health isn’t there and how there just isn’t the help available for all the people that need it. That’s not right!
It’s time we treated mental health in the same way you would any other medical complaint. It’s time to remove the stigma around it and make it acceptable, for both men and women, to admit when they’re struggling.
Male suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50. It is preventable. Let's not man up. Let's find true strength instead. Let's speak out.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) September 7, 2017
Take a Minute
This year the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Take a minute, save a life’. So today I’m asking you to take a minute to check in with someone you think may be suffering. Offer them kind words of support and above all don’t judge. Who knows, you may even change a life.
It may be hard for you to make the first move, maybe you feel like you may make the situation worse. However evidence shows that this is not the case. Providing a listening ear is much more likely to improve the situation.
For more information check out this document from MIND
So please, if there is anyone you are concerned about, take a minute to check in with them. It could change their life.