It’s ok to talk about suicide

It’s ok to talk about suicide

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Why we're here

Suicide presents a real threat to human lives, with as many as 1 in 4 experiencing suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. Although it affects so many lives, the conversations our society has about suicide are still rife with stigma.

Dudley’s Suicide Prevention Partnership, championed by the Dudley Health and Wellbeing Board, is here to help change the public perception of suicide and to encourage those affected to reach out. Our aims are:

  • Improve suicide awareness
  • Provide reassurance to anyone in need of support
  • Encourage those affected by suicide to reach out and speak up

Reach out. Speak up.

If you’re worried about somebody that you know or would like to tell somebody about your feelings, the following organisations will provide confidential support:

Suicide Myths

There's no way back from these thoughts

A common thought amongst those who battle with suicidal thoughts is that there is no way back. These people are reluctant to seek help because they see it as pointless. We know that this is wrong.

With the right care and support, we see many people make full and partial recoveries from their suicidal thoughts.

There's no help

Another common feeling is that there is no real help out there.

This is again a misconception as there are hundreds of suicide support organisations providing help for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as aftercare and support further down the line.

Suicide is a crime

Many of those who are affected by suicide, and those who aren’t, feel like it’s a crime to die by suicide.

This taboo can make it difficult for people to speak out about suicide, as well as magnifying the grief and despair of those affected. Suicide is not wrong or shameful, and in the eyes of the law, it has not been a criminal offence since 1961.

Those experiencing suicide want to die

Another common misconception is that those who experience suicidal thoughts actively want to die. This is often not the case.

It’s not that they want to die, but rather that they do not want the life that they have. Some people experience such trauma and hardship that they feel death is the only escape. We want to spread the message that support is out there. Nobody should have to suffer alone.

Get involved

You can make a big difference in your community by giving your time to help those in need of support, love and care.

If you want to help those affected by suicide, or to find a range of other volunteering opportunities, visit these sites to get involved:

Support organisations

Visit these support organisations for more help, advice and information on suicide: