In 2018, 6507 deaths were registered with the cause of suicide in the UK. Very sadly we are seeing an increase each year to the amount of suicides, alongside an all time high number of suicides in young people under the age of 25. The saddest thing about all of these statistics is that all these people felt like they had no other option.
We live in a society that is becoming more and more obsessed with social media in one way or another. Whether that be taking 100 selfies to make sure you look your best on Instagram, just to put a filter on it anyway! Whether that be posting statuses on Facebook and removing it if you don’t get many likes. We are obsessed with sharing our lives with other people, some we may not even know that well. The pressure on young people today to look like their latest celebrity idol or to be as popular as the newest YouTuber, is huge! People get judged day in day out on the way that they look, the way that they walk, the way they speak, the clothes they wear! What happened to not judging a book by its cover? Why are we so pressured now to feel like being you just isn’t good enough? We have coward keyboard warriors slating your every move online, sending messages with words they would never have the guts to say to your face. These people never see the impact those words have on an individual. We don’t need to be perfect, we need to be real!
The point I’m trying to make here, is at what point did we stop caring about what’s going on behind the filter? How often do you check on your friends or family that have just posted a picture of them looking really happy on social media? How true is that smile you see online? How much do we really know about a person from just what we see online? In todays world where we are all just trying to survive and lead happy lives, what happened to being kind to one another? Looking out for one another?
After the news today that yet another celebrity has very sadly taken their own life, please please please, check on your friends and family. Put your phone down for 5 mins to talk. Look beyond social media, it’s not always real life! If you see someone struggling, whether in person or on social media, support them. You never know what battles they are facing! In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Finally, for anyone struggling please know, tough times don’t last forever no matter how bad things are right now. Please know there will always be another option to suicide. Please reach out, to your family, your friends, your GP! And please always be aware, you are never alone. Here are some helpful telephone numbers for those who need someone to talk to….. They are qualified and experienced individuals on the end of the phone to listen to anything you have to say, they won’t be shocked, they won’t judge you, they will listen and support you.
Samaritans 24/7 call 116 123
SANEline 16:30-22:30 everyday call 0300 304 7000
Use the ‘Shout’ text line – text SHOUT to 85258
MIND InfoLine: 0300 123 3393 to call, or text 86463
Rethink Mental Illness – National Advice Service call 0300 5000 927
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Open 10am-10pm on weekdays and 2pm-10pm on weekends and bank holidays Helpline: 0800 068 4141
In severe crisis, please call 999 or 111.