A tragic case of suicide that occurred in 2013 has recently received much national media attention. The case which ended in the death of Angela Rich in 2013 by suicide spurred her bereaved daughter, who is a GP, to fight tirelessly for improvements in the NHS around supporting the safety of patients with thoughts of suicide.
Forward For Life were approached by the News Department of Capital and Smooth Radio to suggest what steps Mental Health services within the NHS could put in place to prevent suicides occurring.
Forward For Life, co-founder of the SOS Suicide Prevention Programme alongside Common Unity, highlighted the key challenge of the stigma of suicide and how suicide prevention was the responsibility of not just health professionals but was everyone’s responsibility.
Talking about it, challenging the stigma surrounding it and discussing what can be done about it is often seen by many as a bridge too far to cross. But without talking about it, we can’t reduce the stigma, and without reducing the stigma we won’t reduce the numbers.
It is only through dialogue that we can face this issue head on in the hope that suicides will reduce in number across our communities.