Suicide is a permanent fix to a temporary problem.
It is preventable.
The thought is complex, confusing and overwhelming.
It can affect anyone.
It does affect many of us –men and women, young and old.
It is nothing to be ashamed of.
It is not insurmountable.
It leaves behind utter devastation.
It sends out warning signs.
We’ve got to watch out for it.
Watch out for it as individuals, as friends, as family, as schools, as work places, as a society, as a country and as a world.
It strikes when no one is looking. It is devious and cunning.
It narrows down the mind to one and only one possibility when many exist.
It claims our most sensitive, creative and beautiful gems.
It defies the youth of the young and the wisdom of the old.
It drives us against our very grain.
Please let us not let it win.
Let us listen. Let us talk. Let us open up and reach out.
It’s ok to be vulnerable. Inside, we all are.
Suicide, suicide. Go away! Don’t come back another day.
I am honoured to be invited to participate in a TV show about suicide prevention tomorrow morning on Victoria Derbyshire’s talk show on BBC2 between 9.15-9.35 am.