Quote of the Week – 08/08/2016

“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.’
– Stephen Fry

Quote of the Week: 31/05/2016

Bit of a long one this week, but well worth a glance:
‘The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.’
– David Foster Wallace

Quote of the Week -7/3/16

‘One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things’ – Henry Miller.

I certainly like to think of happiness as a journey, a process, rather than an end point. It’s not a place you can ever arrive at, it’s a shift in the way you see your journey. Miller’s saying this is the same for everything in life. I think he could be right.

Do you agree?

Suicide Statistics

Rather than the usual ‘Quote of the Week’, today I’d like to share some statistics on something that is still widely under-discussed and misunderstood: suicide. My aim with this blog is to spread truth about mental health, so please take a second to read through these facts about something that affects so many people around the world. The following stats relate to the UK.

– 75% of people who commit suicide have had no contact with mental health services.

– In 2013, 6,233 suicides were recorded in the UK for people aged 15 and older. Of these, 78% were male and 22% were female.

– Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales.

– Nearly 6% of adults (aged 16 and over) report having made a suicide attempt at some point in their life.

– The highest rates of suicide in the UK are among people aged over 75.

– Risk factors include: drug and alcohol misuse, unemployment, poverty, social isolation, imprisonment, violence, poor social conditions and family breakdown.

– Around 90% of suicide victims suffer from a psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.

– Up to 20% of suicide survivors try again within a year, and as a group they are 100 times more likely to go on to complete suicide than those who have never attempted suicide.

If you have a problem, don’t be afraid to talk about it. There is always somebody to support you. MHL x

(Source: Mental Health Foundation)