• Jacqueline Dower

World Suicide Prevention Day

Every year on the 10th of September, the world is made aware of World Suicide Prevention Day. It's so sad that there is a day dedicated to such a tragic act when with help and support the action of suicide should never take place. The statistics show that 2019 was the highest number of suicides in 20 years.

This is a mental health crisis.

The office for National Statistics published on Tuesday found that there were 5,691 suicides registered in 2019. On average, 11 deaths per 100,000 population. It is a fact that men account for ¾ of suicide deaths registered in 2019 compared to women. Men aged 45-49 are the highest risk factor; this could be affected by economic adversity, alcoholism and isolation. It could also be that this group is less inclined to seek help. There has now been an increase with women under the age of 25 that has not seen before.

In 2020 with the impact of Covid-19, this has led to increasing mental health issues. Men need to talk, and they don't feel that the Alpha male inside them can deal with it, but they can. Men, women we are made of the same stuff, and we are on venerable. Never should one have to take this road alone, by talking helps you to overcome the problems. The old saying of a problem shared is a problem halved is true. By talking, sharing, reaching out for help is the first step to recovery.

The male suicide rate in the south-east increased from 13.5 per 100,000 (526 deaths) in 2018 to 16.8 per 100,000 (657 deaths) in 2019.

I personally have seen what suicide can do to a family, and it is all your worse fears amplified. No one should feel that they have no choice, and the only escape is suicide.

There are support groups out there to help. NHS has self-referral via IAPP if you start to feel anxious or depressed. You can also contact www.iesoheah.com/cbt-surrey, which is a free therapy service from the NHS. The Samaritans have always been there for help 24-7, trained councillors to help you get through your crisis. The Lucy Rayner Foundation will help you with councillors for young people with mental health issues.

I see many people with depression and anxiety and have seen them when they are rock bottom. They have come to my clinic in pyjamas, and with help and time, they do transform from the feeling of blackness being so consuming to see the brightness for the first time.

I can help also with hypnotherapy, NLP and kinetic shift. If you would like to book a session at Uplands Hypnotherapy Clinic, call or message between us, we can make the changes happen for you.

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