‘There is scarcely any passion without struggle.’
‘Insanity – a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.’
‘No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.’ Hal Borland
Happy first day of spring everyone!
‘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?
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)