We can reduce the statistic of one suicide every 2 hours if we talk about feelings and thoughts related to suicidal behaviour. This in turn will help to reduce the stigma attached and will help our understanding of suicide.
Suicide is the leading cause of death amongst young people aged 20 – 34 years in the UK and is considerably higher in men with nearly 4 times as many men dying as a result of suicide compared to women. Those at highest risk are men aged between 45 -59 years. One reason for men more likely to complete suicide is because they are less likely than women to ask for help or talk about depressive or suicidal feelings. Recent statistics show that 72% of people who have completed suicide had not been in contact with a GP or health care professional about their feelings in the year before.
Certain factors are known to be associated with increased risk of suicide.
- drug and alcohol misuse
- history of trauma or abuse
- social isolation
- poor social conditions
- family breakdown