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The Semicolon Tattoo Project

The Semicolon Tattoo Project

The Semicolon Tattoo Project is an ongoing awareness campaign that seeks to engage communities in suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Why a semicolon? A semicolon is used when an author could have chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Today, people all over the world are tattooing the mark as a reminder of their struggle, victory, and survival.

Mental health patient suicides reach 10-year high

Mental health patient suicides reach 10-year high

The number of suicides by UK mental health patients has reached a 10-year high. The University of Manchester report, which looked at the number of patient suicides from 2003 to 2013, found the highest number - 1,876 - was in 2013. Patient suicides accounted for 30% of all suicides in 2013 - an increase of 3% from 10 years earlier.The largest rise was seen in middle-aged men, 45 to 54 years old, where the increase since 2006 was 73%. Alcohol and economic factors such as job loss and debt may be contributing to the rise.

Suicide rate in men highest since 2001

Suicide rate in men highest since 2001

The Office for National Statistics data shows 19 in every 100,000 deaths in men were down to suicide in 2013. Overall there were 6,233 suicides in men and women over the age of 15 in 2013 - 4% higher than the previous year. The most vulnerable age group were those aged between 45 and 59, however, the rates have been increasing in all age groups except in the under thirties.

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle tells of suicide bid

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle tells of suicide bid

Former Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle has told how he made the decision that he 'had to die' after being charged with a drink-driving offence, and later jumped into the path of an oncoming lorry. The 35-year-old, the former Professional Footballers' Association chairman, was seriously injured on the A64, near York.

A death by suicide every 40 seconds

A death by suicide every 40 seconds

Somebody dies by taking their own life every 40 seconds, according to a significant report by the World Health Organization (WHO). It analysed 10 years of research and data on suicide from around the world. It concluded: Around 800,000 people kill themselves every year; it was the second leading cause of death in young people, aged 15 to 29; those over 70 were the most likely to take their own lives; three-quarters of these deaths were in low and middle income countries; in richer countries, three times as many men as women die by suicide. It said limiting access to firearms and toxic chemicals was shown to reduce rates of suicide. And that introducing a national strategy for reducing suicides was effective, yet had been developed in only a minority of countries.

Actor David Robb recalls his wife’s anorexia and suicide

Actor David Robb recalls his wife’s anorexia and suicide

Downton Abbey actor David Robb talks about his wife, Briony McRoberts, who became a regular on British TV in Scottish soap Take the High Road. She jumped to her death under a train at the age of 56. David Robb said his wife, who was anorexic as a teenager, developed the illness again after her acting work began to dry up.

Antidepressant suicide warnings may have led to a rise in suicide attempts in young people

Antidepressant suicide warnings may have led to a rise in suicide attempts in young people

Warnings issued by FDA in the USA in 2003 about the risk of suicide in young people prescribed antidepressants may have led to decreased prescriptions and a rise in suicide attempts. There were concerns that the reports did not fully explain the benefits of antidepressants whilst exaggerating the risk of harm.

Preventing suicide on railways

Preventing suicide on railways

Nearly every day someone tries to take their life on Britain's railways, but thousands of rail staff have now been trained to spot the signs before it is too late. 5,000 staff have been through a Samaritans programme which teaches staff about suicide, what signs to look out for and how to help those who may be at risk. Between April and October 2013, 313 people thought to have been planning to take their lives on the railways were stopped from doing so after someone intervened. Some were helped by those who had been on the scheme, others by regular rail workers, transport police and members of the public.

Actor Paul Bhattacharjee commited suicide

Actor Paul Bhattacharjee commited suicide

Actor Paul Bhattacharjee was declared bankrupt shortly before he killed himself by jumping from a cliff. The 53-year-old, who had appeared in the James Bond film Casino Royale and EastEnders, was described as a proud man and he couldn't have handled the bankruptcy becoming public knowledge. The bankruptcy was the final straw after a life of major highs and lows.

Depression and suicide in football

Depression and suicide in football

Former QPR and England Under-21s footballer Clarke Carlisle recalls his depression and suicide attempt and the wider problem of mental illness in the footballing world.

Boris Berezovsky died by hanging

Boris Berezovsky died by hanging

The Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, 67, has been found hanged in a bathroom at his home in Berkshire. Berezovsky amassed a fortune in the 1990s following the privatisation of state assets after the collapse of Soviet communism. He survived numerous assassination attempts, including a bomb that decapitated his chauffeur. The tycoon's wealth is thought to have considerably diminished in recent years, leaving him struggling to pay debts in the wake of costly court cases. In 2011, Mr Berezovsky reportedly lost more than £100m in a divorce settlement. And, last year, he lost a £3bn ($4.7bn) damages claim against Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.