Myth: Talking about suicide increases the risk of someone taking their own life
Fact: Talking sensitively and safely about suicide will not encourage someone to take their own life. Talking openly about suicide reduces stigma and gives the person an opportunity to seek help. It also shows them you’re someone they can approach in future if they’re struggling.
Myth: People who are suicidal want to die
Fact: The majority of people considering ending their life don’t want to die; they don’t feel able to live the life they have. The distinction may seem small but is very important. It's why talking through other options at the right time is so vital.
Myth: Suicide is always a mental health issue
Fact: 1 in 5 people have thought about suicide at some time in their life but this isn’t always related to a mental health issue or diagnosis. It is possible to have good mental health and feel unable to cope with life.
You might not know it, but you already have some of the skills you need to help save a life. The small talk we use every day can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts and start them on a journey to recovery. If you see someone you think might need help, trust your instincts and start a conversation. You could help save a life.
While anyone at all can be affected by suicide, we know that suicide does discriminate.
Gender, occupation, ethnicity, income, and deprivation can (and do) impact the likelihood of someone taking their own life.
The suicide rate across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are just above the national and regional average.
Men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Nationally, two thirds of those who die by suicide are not in contact with mental health services when they take their lives and roughly 75% of suicides are men.
You are not alone. Help is available. Call 0808 196 9127.