Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
Before I start this blog post, I would like to place a trigger warning here. This post will discuss suicide, self harm and other aspects to Mental health that some may find distressing and/or triggering.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Today is an important day, a day for us to remember that those around us can be facing inner battles that cause them much grief and hardship.
Mental Health does not receive the same coverage, funding or respect that any physical ailment is given. There is much stigma surrounding Mental Health and those who speak up about it. We are told it is all in our heads, that we are being dramatic, or we keep ‘banging on about it’.
People seem to believe that Mental Health can easily be cured. Oh, how they are wrong. For those who feel the need to ridicule those with mental health problems, or to try and make our plight less serious, please, give this blog post a read. Educate yourselves and find kindness for those less fortunate than yourselves.
It is of the utmost importance that we talk about and discuss Mental Health in great detail. I for one am tired of being called names such as drama queen, or being told to get over it. You wouldn’t tell a person with a physical ailment to just get over it, so why is it acceptable to tell someone with a mental health ailment this?
‘Suicide is complex. It usually occurs gradually, progressing from suicidal thoughts, to planning, to attempting suicide and finally dying by suicide’. – International Association for Suicide Prevention
The following statistics were found on the Samaritans website.
- There were 6581 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2014
- In 2014, 6122 suicides were registered in the UK.
- This corresponds to a suicide rate of 10.8 per 100,000 people.
- 16.8 per 100,00 for men and 5.2 per 100,000 for women.
- The highest suicide rate in the UK in 2014 was for men aged 45-49 at 26.5 per 100,000.
- The male suicide rate decreased in the UK by 5.6% between 2013 and 2014.
- The female suicide rate increased in the UK by 8.3%.
- The female suicide rate in the UK is at it’s highest since 2011.
If you are feeling suicidal, please do not hesitate to get help. Talk to someone.
In the UK, there are plenty of numbers you can call in order to get support and the help you deserve:
- Samaritans: 116 123
- Samaritans: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Childline: 0800 1111
- PAPYRUS: 0800 068 4141
- Depression Alliance: no helpline but has resources on their website
- Students Against Depression: another website with helpful resources
- Bullying UK: a website for those struggling with the effects of bullying.
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): 0800 585858
- Emergency Services: 999 for if you feel like you are a danger to your own health you may call the emergency services to get an ambulance.
Earlier in the year, I wrote a blog post with 100 ways to calm an anxious mind. You can find that here. Please, give it a read if you feel your mind start to become clouded, if you feel surrounded by a black cloud. Please, find something to calm your mind.
On World Suicide Prevention Day 2016, please be ind. Help someone. Talk to someone. Aid someone. Allow someone to feel like they truly deserve to feel; loved and wanted. Be their friend. Sometimes that is all that it takes. For a person to know that they have someone to talk to, that they have someone there for them.
Don’t allow darkness to surround someone’s life if you can offer a helping hand.
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below