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Suicide Statistics in the UK – Good and Bad news!

suicide Nov 12, 2018

UK Suicides in 2017 5,821 

75% were male and 25% female 

 Significant decrease in the male suicide rate as it is at its lowest for 30 years 

(That’s the good news) 

Suicide is the most common form of death for males between the ages of 20 – 49 in England and Wales. 

* Stats from The Mental Health Foundation 
 
Please don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything good about losing ONE life through suicide as even one is alarming and tragic.  Obviously tragic for the person involved but also for the remaining loved ones who, even if a note is left, are normally left wondering why?   
 
For many people, this may well continue to be an unanswered question and the guilt associated with not ‘seeing the signs’ can be all encompassing.  

Obviously, some people who commit suicide have identifiable mental health issues although many...

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You are stronger than you probably think!

A bold, sweeping statement I am sure that you will agree.  But I firmly believe that it is true. 
 
Why? Well there are stories of people throughout the years doing what appear to be, super human things. 
 
‘In 2012, Lauren Kornacki, a 22-year-old woman in Glen Allen, Virginia, raised a BMW 525i off her father when the car toppled from a jack.’    

‘Seven years earlier, a man named Tom Boyle hoisted a Chevy Camaro, freeing a trapped cyclist in Tucson, Arizona.’  Not normal behaviour I grant you.   

‘Eddie Izzard, a 47-year-old stand-up and actor completed an astonishing 43 marathons in just 52 days, with only 5 weeks training.’  Most people take several months training to complete 1 marathon. 

With these 3 examples, it shows what can be achieved by ‘ordinary’ people.   

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we have super human...

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Loneliness is the Greatest Curse

depression loneliness Oct 29, 2018

Loneliness is the greatest curse 
And loneliness is hell on earth
They say it's all in the mind 
Well I'm sure that's true 
But knowing isn't a cure 
It don't help me or you 

- Roger Taylor 

As the lyrics suggest ‘it’s all in the mind’, and being realistic that is correct. However, it is all about perspectives.  If you take the photograph at the top of this post some people will see it as a tranquil, beautiful, peaceful scene whilst others will see it as isolating and lonely. 

There is of course no right or wrong answer,  it is all about perspective. 

Everybody needs to feel ‘love and belonging’ as it is one of life’s basic human needs. Unfortunately, most of the time when people feel lonely, they feel that they are missing this and possibly detached from others.    

In a recent survey of 55,000 people in a BBC Loneliness...

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