This week (5th-11th September) is national suicide prevention week. Today- 10th of September is national suicide prevention day.
Suicide is the act of intentionally ending your life. I haven't been able to find any more recent stats than 2014, but read this. There were 6,122 registered suicides in the UK in 2014. The male suicide rate decreased in the UK by 5.6%. However, female suicide rates increased in the UK by 8.3% which is a very worrying statistic. This is why suicide prevention week is held, to raise awareness and to help people to reach out if they are suicidal.
What makes people want to take their own lives? Obviously this cannot be for everyone but here are a few reasons why someone may take their own life.
1. They're depressed. This is without question the most common reason people commit suicide.
2. They're psychotic. Inner voices often command self-destruction for invalid reasons.
3. They're impulsive. Often related to drugs and alcohol, some people become maudlin and impulsively attempt to end their own lives.
4. They're crying out for help, and don't know how else to get it. These people don't usually want to die but do want to alert those around them that something is seriously wrong.
5. They have a philosophical desire to die. The decision to commit suicide for some is based on a reasoned decision, often motivated by the presence of a painful terminal illness from which little to no hope of reprieve exists.
6. Bullying and cyber-bullying. Bullying can cause mental illnesses and suicide, be careful what you say.
People from mostly every age have been recorded to have taken their own lives. We need to change this, if you know someone who is struggling, reach out to them, ask them if they're ok, if they want anything doing, if they want any help, a hug, some food? You doing that could be the change in their decision. Think about what you say.
Many of us have specific things that makes us want to 'stay alive.' I asked my followers on both Twitter and Instagram what theirs were. Here are a few of my followers reasons to stay alive:
To see all there is, there's still so much to do, concerts to go to, friends to meet, games to play, films to watch, etc. — @dreamluminosity
The last thing mum said to me before she died was that she wanted me to continue living and make her proud. — @jessespraggan
My family. — @heatherydt
There are so many beautiful things, places, and people I've yet to encounter. — @spooky_jamie
My reason is my family, friends and music. I couldn't live without either of them! Having support in anything you feel you need it is truly crucial and support from others, whoever they may be, really helps me stay positive. — @josephrail
My beautiful partner and my nephew are the reasons I'm still here today, they make me happier than any words will be able to say and I love them both with all my heart. Without my girlfriend I wouldn't be the person I am today, she brought me out of the dark time I was in and continues to help and support me through difficult situations. My nephew brightens my day with his beautiful little smile that he gives me as soon as I step through the door and together they are my world. — @katielouise_s
My best friends. — @nicolescabello
Because there is still so much for us to explore and we can't waste our life on a temporary problem. — @rebecca_sm_
My friends, the people I adore, my favourite bands are still making music, theres so much beauty in the world to see. — @tonysturtles
Because of my future career and my partner. — @ashes0feden
We are all worth something. You may never set foot on the moon, but you're already someone. Family, friends and Lucy Spraggan. — @amiiejoynes
I have a goal that I'm going to meet the sidemen. — @marishell1213
@mysterylil1 @narryvslilo. — @91_93_93_94
There are lots of things to be thankful for, first of all, life. I've been through many bad circumstances and I'm pretty sure most of you have experienced that too, but as we go on, we learn lessons! We must be alive. Why? Because we need to stand up and make not just the people around us proud, but ourselves proud. There is so much more in this world, we just need to focus on the positive side of it. — @urieattacks
My brother and sister, i want to see them grow up. — @naomilyxo
To make my family proud! Also to see 5H and be in an amazing group chat. — @meganorouke98
No one else knows how to look after my furry babies better than me. — @aimeerayner_
You can't hug your favourite people if you're not here. — @emmaballsxry
My mum needs me as much as I need her. — @elliebogg
I've tried leaving and realised I can get better. — @autographcollector1010100
I'm stronger, I've learn that I am needed and I am loved even on my worst days. — @cbialley
If we aren't here, we show the haters that they are better than us and that gives them the attention they want and everyone should know that they are better than that. Everyone is beautiful and strong. — @s_g_xx
I've got so much more I want to do in my lifetime. — @jozanda
Poppy would be lost without me. — @cloggs2000 (so would I chlobo)
If I wasn't here, my family wouldn't be able to cope! Because the children who feel just like this wont have anyone to comfort them! My friends would be destroyed. Dying from suicide to end the pain only leaves that pain for the people who loved you and always have an empty part of you in them. — @_oh_broken_mirror_
For my family, to support my friends and to see my idol. — @aliciaa.draycott
To show him that he cant win, I'm stronger now. — @hollybruce_
If you are suicidal right now: