Suicide is the act of intentionally taking one’s own life. It can be attributed to a wide range of complex factors, and is never a sign of weakness or failure. A person may be at higher risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts if they have an existing mental health condition such as depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. The misuse of drugs or alcohol is also associated with suicidal thoughts.
Suicide is an issue that affects the LGBT community. According to Stonewall’s School Report 2017, more than two in five trans young people have attempted to take their own life, and one in five lesbian, gay and bi students who aren’t trans have done the same. report
There may be warning signs that someone is planning on taking steps to end their life. However, there may be no signs at all. Some common signs are listed below:
•Making threats to hurt or kill oneself
•Talking or writing about suicide, death or dying
•Putting practical plans in place to cause one’s death e.g. collecting pills or dangerous materials
•Complaining of feelings of hopelessness
•Episodes of sudden rage and anger
•Impulsiveness and risk-taking with an apparent lack of concern about the consequences
•Talking about feeling trapped, such as saying they can't see any way out of their current situation
•Self-harm including misusing drugs or alcohol, or using more than they usually do
•Noticeable weight loss or gain
•Becoming increasingly withdrawn from friends, family and society in general
•Appearing anxious and agitated
•Insomnia, or sleeping for long periods
•Sudden mood swings – a sudden lift in mood after a period of depression could indicate they have made the decision to attempt suicide
•Talking or acting as if their life has no sense of purpose
•Losing interest in life, including personal appearance
•Putting their affairs in order, such as sorting out possessions or making a will
If you are considering suicide, please know that there people who want to help. If you are able, please consider reaching out to a friend or family member.
There also are a number of organisations that can offer help to anyone who is considering suicide or who has suicidal thoughts.
The Samaritans can be contacted 24/7 in the UK on 116 123
Breathing Space is availabel on 0800 838587
Four Pillars members also offer advice and support and can advocate on your behalf if you want to contact us in the first instance please call 07583484435. Although not available 24/7 we do answer the phone at different times thorughout the day and will always call back if we miss you. However, it is important to remember Four Pillars do not offer counselling services and although can get you through crisis. We will refer you to outside sources for counselling based on your needs.