Thank you from Simon, and Rethink Mental Illness.

Trigger warning: please be aware that this article discusses suicide and suicidal thoughts.

World Suicide Prevention Day was on 10th of September 2020. This year it was particularly poignant as the Office of National Statistics reported the number of suicides for both men and young women increased in 2019 for the first time in over five years. This is devastating news, yet we know that with the right help at the right time we can help to prevent this tragic loss of life.

Brighton and Hove SOS is one of over 200 services created by Rethink Mental Illness to support people living with mental illness. We are there for people at the most vulnerable time in their lives.

People like Simon, who shares his story in our film Suicide to Hope. 

“After years of mental health struggles, I was overcome with hopelessness and despair. One night, these thoughts became so strong that I tried to end my life. went to sleep that night almost happy that the pain and unbelievable anguish would end soon.”

Two years down the line everything is very different. Simon feels optimistic about life, even in the middle of the current Covid-19 crisis.

You can find out more information about the work of the SOS service here.

You can find out more about the work Rethink Mental Illness do by visiting www.rethink.org.

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