My post for World Suicide Prevention day 2015

matthew mckenzieSorry I have not blogged for a while since as with many mental health carers, I am currently caring in crisis. It can be so difficult, but when a loved one has to be placed in a mental health unit, then other things need to be placed on hold.

As of this blog post, I am one of those mental health carers trying to keep things stable while recovery for my loved one is vital.

This goes on for many carers out who care for those suffering mental health problems. The thing is, severe mental health can come with problems of self harm and unfortunately suicide. So for world suicide prevention day 2015, I thought I should write this blog to help raise awareness.

This blog is of course aimed at mental health carers, like myself, but I do not want to discriminate against those using the mental health services. They are not weak and do not need to be wrapped up in cotton wool. Mental health sufferers are often the strongest people around as they have to deal with devastating mental health symptoms and still struggle to see it through.

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There are many of those with lived experiences that I certainly admire, because not only have they set an example to others, but also to myself. We ALL have mental health, but we must be aware that mental health can decline as well as improve.

So before I continue with my post, what is World Suicide Prevention day 2015 all about?

World suicide prevention day is promoted by “The International Association for Suicide Prevention” otherwise known as (IASP).


Their aim is to preventing suicidal behaviour plus provide a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors. I do hope they extend this also to carers of those suffering through suicide behaviours.

Sometimes we often feel that suicides are the victims, but to be honest suicides leave many victims, this can be family, friends, loved ones and even the community. We are all at risk and we all need to be aware of suicidal behaviours.

You can find out more about IASP from the link below.

So what about the ones left behind? what about those who are caring for loved ones suffering through depression, psychosis, compulsive disorders? Many families and carers worry constantly about if they will hear that awful news that someone has moved on suddenly. This worry can become unbearable if help is not sought, and if a loved one feels they cannot continue and does commit suicide, then this can cause many families and carers to feel regret, remorse and guilt.

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However what I want to say to families and carers is that we need to stay strong for our loved ones, they are depending on us, even if at times we carers get pushed away. There is often a risk that carers can become the next suicide victim if a loved one passes on, but us carers must be aware of such risks and seek help.

Carers are NOT alone, those feeling suicidal are NOT alone.

We must realise this and make that change, take that step to see the day through. The progress is slow and almost never ending, but change can always be around the corner.

Let us reach out to those we love and also reach out to those who can help us.

Here are some support groups and helplines from NHS Choices below.

Thank you for reading.