suicide

There are many ways that serious issues can be brought to the forefront of people’s minds. Soap operas are renowned for tackling topical, hard-hitting mental health storylines – usually followed by an action line number to call ‘if you have been affected by any of the issues...

A pop-up exhibition will open in London today bringing together stories of the human potential lost through neglected mental health, and that which is found when people get the help they need. The Museum of Lost and Found Potential is open from today (World Mental Health Day...

Reasons to stay alive include music, books, and running. But before protagonist Matt (Mike Noble) reaches this conclusion, we witness a near-suicide attempt followed by a long period of all-encompassing depression. Nails the size of knitting needles protrude ominously from...

I left the Kiln Theatre emotionally drained; The Son is immersive, uncompromising, raw and visceral. I am still reflecting on it.  

The audience is taken on an emotional tsunami of teenage depression, self-harm and suicidality. It...

The annihilation of a family by one of its own members, which is often entailed in murder-suicides, seems to defy every basic survival instinct we have. Perhaps this is why our response can be hopelessly banal – ‘The most normal person you could meet’, was a neighbour’s...

I write to you after spending time exploring what could be considered the ‘pro-suicide’ community online, although one which its members would perhaps more freely describe as the ‘pro-choice’ community. It represents posts and discussion forums across social media platforms...

Psychologists have been at the heart of creating new frameworks of competencies that aim to guide practitioners in the skills needed to work with suicidal people and those who have self-harmed. The three frameworks cover the individual and organisational competencies required...

Despite being the second leading cause of death amongst 15-29 year olds globally, suicide still can’t be reliably predicted. Daryl O’Connor, Health Psychologist at the...

The Samaritans’ new campaign, Small Talk Saves Lives, aims to give ordinary people the confidence to approach and chat to anyone they may think is contemplating suicide at train...

The BPS position statement Understanding and Preventing Suicide: A Psychological Perspective (to which attention is drawn in the November issue of The Psychologist) may appear to be benign. But, in reality, it further marginalises...