Suicide Risk

If the coronavirus crisis has lead you to consider suicide
1. please know you are not alone and that the support organisations are still operational
2. like this, and if you feel you can give comment as to what aspects have caused most despair
Personally, I live alone and have (had???) my own business
Living alone and being prohibited any human contact has caused deep loneliness- this could be eased by allowing those of us living alone to have contact with at least 1 other (as has been suggested and liked many times on this site)
My income has ceased and I have no idea when I will be able to earn again. I get no government support but do get tax demands! The banks are being “difficult “ Having a “road map” to how and when I will be able to earn again would help a great deal. So would access to my only savings (my pension fund)
To anyone else with these or similar problems, hang on in there. After this you will know you can get through anything .

Why the contribution is important

It is important the decision makers understand the impact on and risk to others of their decisions, and that they are factored into next steps.
Access to human contact, finance and a thread of hope of rebuilding lives are all needed pretty urgently now.
I hope this doesn’t get too many likes but if people are honest I suspect it will, if you are brave enough to publish

by Pensionaccess on May 08, 2020 at 01:21PM

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  • Posted by Elkie May 08, 2020 at 14:58

    Someone else posted about the issue of people living alone. The current rules are indeed discriminating and hugely unfair. We have families under immense stress because they have to be together far too much, and single parents or people in single households struggling with extreme loneliness.
    More testing is needed, and, as soon as possible, antibody tests for everyone, to resolve theses issues.
  • Posted by lmg1612 May 08, 2020 at 15:02

    Thank you for your honesty. From a self employed, isolating alone person I salute you. I have a friend with ongoing mental health issues who had all support cancelled. She feels incredibly disappointed, and like she doesn't matter. I'm glad I can show her this. It may help her to know she is not alone.
  • Posted by Casper156 May 08, 2020 at 17:00

    I have been out of work for a while. I left my old job because of mental health issues - depression and anxiety. I gave myself structure by getting up everyday, going to starbucks then the gym, then home. I finally got myself together so I could start a new job. That should have been the start of April. Overnight every part of my life seems to have been taken away. I don’t know how I’m meant to deal with that. The longer this goes, it seems less likely I can get to the other side
  • Posted by Free May 08, 2020 at 22:41

    Thanks for making the comment. Although I am still working I get the loneliness and for me my way if dealing with my anxiety and depression and suicidal thoughts is the outdoors- all day hillwalking, sea kayaking, cycling. We need to be allowed to travel a reasonable distance to get into the outdoors. We can do it in a socially distancing way. It is hard to infect or pick up an infection in the wilderness. Let us travel to take exercise and stop restricting how long the exercise should be for.
  • Posted by FionaReid May 09, 2020 at 01:04

    The first winter in lockdown will be very messy in terms of suicide rates, the second if the vaccine doesn't happen...

    SARS saw a 30% increase in suicides of over 65s in Asia and SARS was but a wee sniffle compared with this virus.

    To the government, please think about what locking your entire population in for years is going to do. It's not going to be pleasant. The death toll from the virus will be large but the death toll from things associated with the lockdown, be it suicide, domestic abuse or untreated / ignored medical problems will swamp it many times over.
  • Posted by Haggis59 May 09, 2020 at 06:10

    I am concerned about people's mental health and wellbeing just now. Please know that there are people who can help if anyone is feeling anxious. Breathing Space have a free phone number 0800838587 for people to phone who are feeling low, anxious or distressed. They also have a website that you can get online support. If anyone feels overwhelmed by all that's happening just now please seek help from this number, or go to NHS Inform Scotland website:
    for advice or contact your GP practice for professional advice if you are really struggling mentally. People do care and you are not alone during this pandemic so please seek help if you need it. The Samaritans can be contacted in Scotland on free phone 116 123, there website is[…]/ where they have details to email them.
    We will come out of this together if we support each other and stay safe.
  • Posted by MaryMI May 09, 2020 at 07:09

    The government has mishandled everything from the start. It abandoned everyone using the NHS who was not a Covid patient. I was to have had a hip replacement and my operation, scheduled for 8th April, was summarily cancelled. Now, I see no prospect of it ever happening and therefore envisage a future of increasing pain and isolation - no future worthy of the name at all. If I had the means to hand of putting an end to all this, I would definitely end it now,
    Nicola hasn't a clue what she is doing and is just posturing. Sadly, this seems to be impressing the masses. There is no indication that anyone gives a damn about anyone other than Covid patients. Frankly, I would be happy to see all Covid patients who are currently in hospital (while the rest of the hospital is probably idle and empty) liquidated. I also wonder how we are still getting new cases - presumably because people have not obeyed the, insultingly ungrammatical, 'Stay Home' injunction.
  • Posted by Anthonymcgale May 09, 2020 at 09:20

    Too all those who have commented so far, you will get there. You've achieved so much already making the steps you have. Once we get out of this stage and your business can open and Casper you can start the job hunt etc you can look back and say I did it. Stay strong folks you are worth it.
  • Posted by Anthonymcgale May 09, 2020 at 09:20

    Too all those who have commented so far, you will get there. You've achieved so much already making the steps you have. Once we get out of this stage and your business can open and Casper you can start the job hunt etc you can look back and say I did it. Stay strong folks you are worth it.
  • Posted by Shannonxo May 09, 2020 at 12:02

    This lockdown has definitely taken its toll on my mental health. I suffered with bad depression and anxiety for a long time, I was on heavy medication etc and then the last 6 months before lcokdown I finally got myself on track. Got myself a job, had a better positive outlook on life etc and then this happened and it hit me really hard to be honest. I live with my partner and my two year old but this has deteriorated it because my partner and I aren't getting along well so I think there are multiple issues from single person households having zero socialization and then families having too much socialization with each other etc. We need to be allowed to choose one household and this should not be limited to family as some people do not have family
  • Posted by GordonM May 09, 2020 at 12:05

    Agree this is an increasing risk and will grow for as long as we have the Lockdown. The sooner we End The Lockdown and allow citizens to go back to work and see small groups of family and friends the sooner this risk will be reduced.
  • Posted by TG May 09, 2020 at 13:18

    Agree with Gordon M.
  • Posted by roobie May 09, 2020 at 15:55

    Bar listening services such as Breathing Space which is not treatment nor access to it, the help simply is not out there unless you have mild or moderate illness in whichcase LifeLink or LivingLife may be of some use. I've spent 3 months now desperately trying to access help via my gp, 111 etc. Psychology across Scotland was paused as national policy, for patients as confirmed to me by 111. The suicide rates don't make the headlines nor do the ongoing problems of those with serious depression, anxiety etc accessing any help whatsover.
  • Posted by Christina May 10, 2020 at 13:10

    When this happened I just wanted to die because I could not imagine having to live a life like this where my loneliness and isolation would now be made even worse by force. Luckily I got out of that worst bit and I'm so grateful this didn't happen last Spring when I was selfharming and suicidal. But being HSP and having BPD I feel so much fear for those who are in the place I was last Spring. And it's been like a slap in he face to live alone and have nobody to call for a chat, but that has very much been the advice. "Stay in touch with your loved ones!" Not everyone can do. Some of us are very lonely and this has made things a lot worse.
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