Suicide is the number 1 cause of death in the UK, for males aged between 20-49. All too often, this final decision making process could be avoided if someone had the confidence to instigate the conversation. As we know for every 1 completed suicide the are 20 attempted.
But those that are left to fight on following an attempt are often left feeling judged and stigmatized. For a majority of of attempted suicides, the victim never speaks up for fear of being labeled as ‘not really wanting to commit suicide’ & ‘just an attention seeker’. How many times in the past have we heard, “if they were really going to do it they would have done it”.
It is a common misperception that someone feeling suicidal wants to die. In most cases this is not accurate. They simply want the pain to stop. They feel they have run out of options. Their decision making capabilities have diminished so much that to them their is no other choice.
It is these very themes that we want to address at Route 80/37 – using our experience of the subject matter to hopefully save that person who is scared and lonely enough to see suicide as a viable option.