Every day of our lives we face life changing decisions and have emotional challenges to overcome. With the current pressures in our country and society, we find ourselves in a whirlwind of emotional decision making and having to face the consequences too often, alone. The pressure of life, family, work, finances, home, friends and our future, can affect us all in ways we do not realise until it is too late.
We are designed to live our lives at a certain pace and yet, our expectations of ourselves and others often exceed reality. We try to keep abreast with the pace of change and developing technology and find ourselves lagging behind. In many instances we create our own mental health problems and are more likely to find ourselves in problematic debt – emotionally and financially – and people with problematic debt are likely to suffer mental health problems.
Six million people in the UK are suffering from depression, anxiety and emotional stress according to the Department of Health. A further 8 million people are afflicted with a variety of mental illnesses. The causes of depression, mental illness, emotional trauma and suicidal thinking are many and varied; sexual abuse, homelessness, cancer, physical illness, bullying, domestic violence, financial stress, peer pressure, physical disability, alcohol and drug addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual and racial prejudice.
The result is that 6,000 people complete suicide every year and the figure is rising. Currently, that's one person every two hours, every day.
The cost of suicide is not restricted to human suffering; suicide affects commerce and industry, the NHS and the travel infrastructure. The average cost per suicide in England is £1.7 million, in Scotland £1.3 million and £1.5 million in Ireland.
And yet there is no specialist help readily available. Our mission is to change this as quickly as possible.
noun (plural stigmas or especially in sense 2 stigmata /-mətə, -ˈmɑːtə/)
Mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person: the stigma of mental disorder or debt etc.
Stigma is a condition created by society. It is a judgement, made by either the sufferer or the perceiver and can most simply be described as ‘extreme disapproval’.
The person suffering the stigma will feel a social outcast, isolated and misunderstood; desperate and alone.
Stigma can result from many conditions and circumstances; mental illness, financial difficulty, domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical disability, skin tone, sexual orientation, ethnicity or faith. Most often the sufferer is blameless. Often they will feel they are alienated from the rest of society by their stigma.
Stigma can cause mental illness and emotional trauma and often will lead to suicidal thoughts. 6,000 people complete suicide every year and the figure is rising. Currently, that's one person every two hours, every day.