Raising Suicide Awareness

The Samaritans "Talk to Us" campaign

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In 2017, 5,821 people in the UK took their own lives (Samaritans). Talk to Us is the Samaritans’ annual awareness raising campaign in local communities. The campaign encourages us to become better listeners by sharing expert tips and facts on suicide on their website (www.samaritans.org).

In my practice over the years, I have encountered people who felt suicidal, these people do not actually want to die – they perhaps just don’t want to actually live the life they have and can see no other way out. Feeling actively suicidal is temporary and getting the right kind of support at that time is vital for recovery.

Men are three times as likely to commit suicide but we there has been a decrease in male suicide as it is at its lowest in over 30 years.

If need to talk or are worried about someone else you can call 116 123 free from any phone, if you are calling from an organisation or care home and there are restrictions on some numbers use 08457 90 90 90.


Gail Donnan

Psychology, Trauma-informed Therapy, Psychotherapy, Author and Integrative Health Practitioner, The Trauma Centre - Ripon

I have been working in the wellness industry since 1995. In this time I have trained in Eastern & Western Psychology and trauma, I am a teacher, counsellor, MBSR Mindfulness Practitioner, Meditation Teacher, Bach Flower Essence Practitioner, Qi Gong Instructor, Reiki Master Teacher Practitioner and Coach.  I specialise in mental health issues, anxiety, depression and am the published author of two books -"The Gateway - A journey to re-claim your power from Stress and Anxiety" and The Gateway Junior Edition - children's mental health. My meditations appear on Yowah Radio and I am the founder of a not-for-profit  Trauma Centre in North Yorkshire.