Every 40 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone loses their life to suicide.
In 2018, in Britain alone, 6,507 people sadly took their own life; an increase of 11.8% compared to 2017.Of this, three quarters were men. Whilst mental health has become less of a taboo subject and more support networks have been put in place to encourage those dealing with suicidal thoughts to seek help, there is clearly still a great deal that needs to be done to prevent such tragedy occurring.
The reasons people consider taking their own life are complex and are often multi-faceted; relationships, finances, trauma and isolation to name only a few, all contributing to increased levels of vulnerability and in turn suicidal thoughts.
At Price Slater Gawne, we work with clients who have sustained significant and life changing injuries due to medical negligence or an accident. Major lifestyle changes are often required, placing strain on the individual and on the relationships with those around them, whilst also impacting upon their ability to maintain the same lifestyle that they had previously. We recognise that often, a significant aspect of the injury sustained is psychological, caused by these drastic changes. It is vital therefore that provision is made to provide both physical and psychological support on a continued basis.
On this Suicide Prevention Day, it is vital that we remember that suicidal thoughts can occur at any time, however, seeking help and support is essential. – There is no shame in not being ok.
Victoria Price, Director at Price Slater Gawne commented:
“On this Suicide Prevention Day, it is promising to see that the World Health Organisation alongside the World Federation for Mental Health, the International Association for Suicide Prevention and United for Global Mental Health have launched the ’40 seconds of action’ campaign to assist in raising awareness of the scale of suicide and measures that each and every person can take to help reduce this”.
If you or a loved one are dealing with suicidal thoughts, support can be accessed with The Samaritans by calling 116 123. If you need legal advice on matters connected with suicide then please get in touch for a confidential discussion with our legal specialists.