I Didn’t Realise the Word ‘Suicide’ Was so Taboo in the UK

7 Responses

  1. Shirley says:

    Break the taboo. The “S” word continues to the biggest killer of males under 35 years yet no one knows till it happens to them.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Shirley, you are so right. They are really trying to tackle this problem in Australia. The UK could learn so much from this Country. Can’t wait to tell you all about it when I come home.

  2. Emma says:

    I’m loving this new blog! It’s great to follow your journey in Australia. And you’re right about Suicide still being taboo in the UK.
    I’m going to share this on my Facebook page.

    • Sharon says:

      Awww Emma, so good to hear from you. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. It means a lot as I really value your opinion. To be honest I was unsure if I should write a blog as a person bereaved by suicide/researcher. However, I am absolutely thrilled with the response as over 700 people have viewed it within the first week. I would really appreciate it if you could share it on your facebook page.

      I had a meeting with some people who some ex journalists in Melbourne the other day. They are really interested in the work we will be doing together.

      On a different note, the suicide bereavement conference in Manchester will be on 23rd September. Speak soon, Sharon

  3. Emma says:

    That’s a brilliant result!
    And I’m excited to hear about the ex journalists in Melbourne. That’s really positive.
    The date’s in my diary.

    • Sharon says:

      Oh Emma, I am learning loads over here, it is so exciting. Can’t wait to meet up. I have loads to tell you. I am thrilled that you are able to attend the conference in September. Take care, Sharon x

  4. Sharon says:

    Hi Anne, this is it, these poor people. So isolated and vulnerable. Nobody knows how to respond to people bereaved by suicide, which only serves to stigmatise them and make them feel even more helpless and hopeless. I think the time has come for the bereaved to try and guide their communities in any way they can. Maybe this blog might be a perfect way to get the message out there. I know already, both bereaved people, clinicians and researchers are reading this blog. In fact over 700 people have read it and its only been live one week. It is a perfect opportunity for bereaved people to have a voice. However, I believe it will take a while before people will feel confident to leave messages and debate some of the issues I will discuss. I am confident it will happen though. So come on you lot, don’t let me down. Let’s start talking. We have been silent long enough!

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