Let's talk about suicide prevention

*Trigger warning - this episode discusses suicide*

What is the Mental Health Foundation Podcast? 

This is the Mental Health Foundation podcast. A series in which we bring to you a range of mental health topics, real life stories, expert comments and mental health tips. 

Bethan Buswell is your producer and host. She has her own lived experience of mental health problems and with this podcast she and the Mental Health Foundation want to raise awareness, get people talking and provide support and hope. 

Series four, episode five: Let’s talk about suicide prevention 

What is this episode about? 

Bethan begins the episode by speaking to Byron Vincent, a writer, broadcaster and performance artist. Byron has lived experience of bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He shares stories about growing up in poverty, experiencing addiction, violence and attempting to take his own life. 

Bethan then speaks to Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation. Mark speaks to Bethan about losing his brother to suicide, and how this loss fueled a career change that focused on fighting for good mental health for all and suicide prevention. 

The podcast ends with Bethan and Linda Liao, Digital Manager at the Mental Health Foundation discussing how suicide prevention is something we can all individually help with and how a short conversation with another person can sometimes make the difference between life and death for them. 

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Need support?

If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress. 

  • If you need someone to talk to then Samaritans are available on 116 123 (UK) for free, 24/7. They are there to talk to, listen and they won't judge or tell you what to do. 
  • C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58 (UK). They are available 5pm-midnight 365 days a year.
  • For support in a crisis, Text Shout to 85258. If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support.  Shout can help with urgent issues such as: Suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying, relationship challenges.

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