The NHS Scheme to Reduce Stigma About Suicide
Every year 6,000 people kill themselves in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Now a pilot project, inspired by a pioneering programme in Detroit, in encouraging people to talk openly to those who may be at risk.
On a freezing afternoon in February 2013, 21-year-old Becky decided to take her own life. She had depression and had been experiencing flashbacks to the abuse she suffered as a child. “I’d been managing, but things came to a head when I broke up with my partner, who had also been abusive,” she says. “I started to feel that I was a burden to my friends and it would be better for everybody if I wasn’t around.”
Thankfully, at the last minute, she changed her mind: “I started to feel scared, and I thought that if I felt fear, I shouldn’t be doing this. I realised that I didn’t want to die. I just wanted to stop hurting.” She called 999 and was helped.
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