As we’ve been forced to isolate, and unable to interact with loved ones in person, mental health is a bigger issue now more than ever. Although there is increased amounts of awareness around this topic to break the stigma, there is still a lot of work to be done.
What is the suicide rate in the UK?
Men account for 16.9 deaths per 100,000 of the UK population. As you can see, men have a much higher suicide rate than women. But why? For a long time, men have been encouraged to not admit they are struggling, when in fact they should see this as a sign of strength.
Countries with the highest suicide rates
It’s important to remember that less developed countries might not have the facilities and resources to help with suicide prevention. Lesotho, a country in Southern Africa, has the highest suicide rate in the world with 72.4 deaths per 100,000. Other African countries, Guyana and Eswatini fall 2nd and 3rd.
Most common mental health issues in the UK
Data shows that a shocking 20.6% of us suffer from suicidal thoughts, with over 7% of the population reportedly having mixed anxiety and depression, or self-harming. Sadly, there are still many mental illnesses that we don’t talk about enough, such as borderline personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and many more.
Which groups are most susceptible to suicide or mental health issues?
It’s no surprise that groups who face discrimination and social exclusion are more susceptible to mental health issues. Research has discovered that Black people, those in LGBTIQ+ communities, multiply disadvantaged people, and young women are at very high risk of struggling with their mental health.
The main questions to take away from this are: what actions are you taking to spread awareness, and how are you making your mental health a priority?