*Warning: readers may find some or all of this content distressing*
There is a silent killer in the midst of our streets, our schools, our workplaces and behind the closed doors of our humanly counterparts. Its silence lies in the fact that people don’t talk about it. It is not cancer or heart disease. It is suicide and it’s the biggest killer in men under the age of forty-five in the UK.
Over 6000 people a year die to suicide in the UK, with men amounting for 78 per cent of that total. Over three quarters of all suicides recorded in the UK are men. An incredibly sad fact, but not one that is widely known.
On my first day of secondary school, I sadly fell into that category. Here’s a short radio documentary I did, exploring the stigma and support available for those suffering with suicidal thoughts and mental illness.
If you would like to talk to anyone about mental health or other things, please contact Meic, the national information, advice and advocacy helpline for 0-25s in Wales. You can contact Meic by phone (080880 23456), text (84001), instant message (www.meic.cymru) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) between 8am and midnight.
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