I was sad to see the news this morning that the police had discovered a body thought to be Scott Hutchison, singer from the Scottish Band Frightened Rabbit. I'm listening to one of their albums as I type this, that's one of his lyrics in the title.
It's sad, tragic in fact when anyone feels that they need to take their own life.
Scott tweeted this.
When tragedies like this happen people ask why a lot and I guess the answer often won't be known.
People likely ask 'why didn't they ask for help'. And the answer to that is likely to be in part because of the stigma that remains about mental health, the frightened person not knowing how to talk about it, and the friend not knowing how to listen or what to do.
The MIND website has lots of excellent information about suicide, about help you can get if you have those feelings and about how you can help someone who may be feeling that way.
Please take 5 mins to have a look at it.
Want to know why?
84 men take their own life each week in the UK.
75% of suicides are by men.
The highest rates are in the 40-44 age bracket.
Men need to talk more. Men need to feel comfortable to talk. Men need to be able to encourage other men to talk and to listen to other men.
If you're a certain age you'll remember the TV Show M*A*S*H. The theme song was called suicide is painless.
Take care of yourself and others
Mr Paul Wyse