Not many people are aware of the staggeringly horrific statistics regarding suicide. 18 people make the ultimate statement of how unbearable their life has become by committing suicide, EVERY DAY.
How can any of us feel that this is acceptable? Whether we have been personally affected by losing someone close to us in this terrible way or not, we cannot accept that this is just a fact of life and there’s nothing that can be done about it.
So much can be done, we just have to convince the government that funding and better support for people with mental health issues is crucial. Let’s get the right support in place, let’s speak to the people who live with mental illness and see what they say would help them. Let’s stop listening to our learned professors and doctors who have never experienced the desperation associated with wanting to end your own life, talk to us, the real people, with the real knowledge.
Most of the support offered by the current mental health system isn’t help at all, in my experience it’s just an added stress that I can’t cope with. I’ve asked many people, and from my own experience, what we need is, as Kacie puts it, ‘a hug in a mug’. A place where we feel safe with people who really understand and know what to say to enable us to feel supported, not a doctor in a clinical room asking us (in a clinical way) if we feel suicidal.
I met with CALM recently and was so impressed at the work they do, targeting exactly the men who are at risk, with very appropriate support that ACTUALLY helps. We held a charity screening of ‘Kingdom of Us’ in conjunction with CALM and Pulse Films and I sincerely hope we can do more work with them in the future.
PLEASE can I ask everyone to sign the petition they are running and then share and share and share, we need a government minister who is responsible for preventing suicide and currently there is no-one.