Every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide. That is approximately 800,000 people per year. For every 1 suicide, there are 25 suicide attempts. For every loss, approximately 135 people are affected which means that over 108 million people are affected by suicide every year. So why is it still such a taboo subject?
In 2018, The Samaritans collected their annual data in regards to suicide. The results showed the following:
6859 suicides in 2018, out of these, 6507 of them were in the UK and the remaining 352 were in the Republic of Ireland.
Overall, the rates of suicide have increased by 11.8% in the UK.
It is a well-known fact that men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives. This is in the UK; in the Republic of Ireland, the statistics show that men are four times more likely than women to take their own lives.
In the UK the highest rates of suicide are between 45 and 49-year-old men.
In the Republic of Ireland, the highest rates of suicide are between 55 and 65-year-old men.
There have been rising rates of suicide in young people between the ages of 15 and 24 (increased by 52.7% – the highest rate since 2007)
In the Republic of Ireland, there have been decreasing rates in suicide for both men and women. The rates tend to fluctuate much more here than they do in the UK, but they are currently the lowest since 1989.
The statistics and figures for 2019 should be available on the Samaritans website after today.
How Can We Prevent Suicide?
It is impossible to prevent all suicides, however, it is possible that we can bring the current figures down by offering more support to those who are struggling. So many people are affected by poor mental health, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, or loss due to suicide… yet no one talks about it until it is too late. We need to advertise helplines more, we need to hang posters in local areas informing people about local events and group help sessions, we need to have staff trained in mental health across all workplaces, letting people know that they are never alone and that there are lots of safe places for them to be themselves and open up about their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Please remember that SeeTheUniverse is a safe place, you can reach out to me on any of my social media platforms and I will be more than happy to talk, either as a one-off or long-term! I will never judge, I understand and I am here for anyone who needs to lend an ear or a shoulder. You are never alone in this world. You are loved. You matter. You are enough.