Papyrus- West Midlands 5th Year Celebrations

Four years ago I celebrated the first birthday of Papyrus- Suicide Prevention and last week I returned to celebrate it’s 5th together with the Birmingham Lord Mayor, those affected by loss, and the inspirational volunteers and staff of the charity. Suicide remains the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK. Papyrus believes rightly many young suicides can be prevented and works passionately to reach out.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Everyone has mental health. It needs to be seen alongside physical health as something which affects us all and should be talked about without fear or mental reservation. This week, why not continue to help break down these barriers by having a chat with a friend, family member or a colleague and think about your own wellbeing too.

CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably is one of many charities doing incredible work.

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK Suicides were male. Everyone has low moments and many of us have had suicidal thoughts of feelings at some point in our lives. It does not mean that is the answer. There are always options, people who you know, don’t know, can or can’t see, who care and can help. To be vulnerable and to open up is sometimes the hardest thing to do and takes immense courage. Talk it over or start a conversation with someone.

https://www.mind.org.uk/


Mental Health matters

Summary of the powerful Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2018.

Summary of the key trends contained in this report.

  • In 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • 5,821 suicides were registered in the UK and 392 occurred in the Republic of Ireland.
  • In the UK men remain three times as likely to take their own lives than women, and in the Republic of Ireland four times more likely.
  • The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49.
  • The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was for men aged 25–34 (with an almost identical rate for men aged 45–54).
  • There has been a significant decrease in male suicide in the UK, and the male suicide rate is the lowest in over 30 years.
  • The suicide rate in Scotland decreased between 2016 and 2017 – this appears to be driven by a decrease in the female suicide rate.
  • Suicide in young men in Scotland increased for the third consecutive year in 2017

We can all do a little something from really asking ‘how are you’ to someone else, striking up a conversation to someone on the train platform, spending a few hours volunteering at a helpline, or fundraising and sharing social media posts. The more we talk about it, the more it becomes okay to talk about it.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50. Lets talk about it.


Sutton Coldfield Youth Council- Mental Health Awareness Week

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A big well done to members of the Sutton Coldfield Youth Council and students from Sutton Coldfield College for completing their two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Friday 10th May ready for Mental Health Awareness Week!

The Sutton Coldfield Youth Council, is an assembly of students from each of the eight secondary schools and colleges in Sutton Coldfield, aiming to lead social action projects to make a positive impact in the local community.

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Adult Mental Health Awareness: Linkin Park

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During my first few university years I found solace listening to Hybrid Theory as well as Radiohead and Oasis hiding in my university room from friends who, I felt, were all so much more confident, outgoing and smarter than I was. Chester’s relentless voice cut through that whole gambit of emotions I felt during those years- a fear of acceptance, belonging, my questioning where my own sense of self-worth originated from and loneliness, helping me form inside my own release and way forward.

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