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The word that frightens most people.

The word that people don’t want to talk about.

But it’s not the word that causes the damage. Don’t be scared to talk about it, don’t be scared to say that you’re feeling suicidal, at some point most adult male survivors have. I know I have, to the point of thinking through the reality of when and where and how. But something stopped me, talking stopped me.

Lots has been written on the subject and there are some fantastic pieces out there. So rather than reinventing the wheel, we have gathered together some of the best pages that can help.

Having difficulty starting the conversation? The Samaritans have put together a number of brilliant resources for those times, along with some suggestions of how to talk about suicide. They have also written a brilliant page on the subject of suicide that may help you understand more, including the myths about the subject and a page that includes information on the myths about suicide.

Or check out C.A.L.M – (or the Campaign Against Living Miserably) – which is one of the best resources aimed at men. Seriously, have a look.

Additionally, NHS Choices have put together a really good page.

Papyrus is a voluntary UK organisation committed to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing

and Mind have additional specially written resources, certified by the Information Standard.

Finally – for those for those bereaved through suicide Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. They are a self-help organization, many of their volunteers have themselves been bereaved by suicide.

Just take a moment and read some of what we have listed. It may be worth it.

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