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  • Writer's pictureSteven Mason

Embracing Healing: How Therapy Supports the Journey of Coming to Terms with Suicide


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As of my last update, the suicide rate in the UK was around 11 deaths per 100,000 people.*

The journey of coming to terms with suicide is an intricate path filled with emotions that often remain unspoken and misunderstood. In the realm of therapy, a supportive space emerges, guiding individuals affected by suicide through healing, understanding, and acceptance.


The Unspoken Epidemic: Suicide in the UK


Statistics paint a sobering reality: In the UK, suicide remains a significant public health concern. Each year, thousands of lives are lost to suicide, with numbers indicating a higher prevalence among specific demographics and age groups.


In recent statistics:


Approximately 5,000 suicides occur yearly in the UK.*

Men account for around three-quarters of all suicides.*

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young adults aged 20-34.*


Understanding the Complexities of Suicide


Suicide is multifaceted, often stemming from a complex interplay of mental health issues, societal pressures, trauma, and personal struggles. Therapy offers a platform to unpack these complexities, fostering understanding and compassion.


Grieving and Coping with Loss


For those affected by a loved one's suicide, grief can be overwhelming and complicated. Therapy becomes a sanctuary, providing guidance and support in processing grief, guilt, anger, and the myriad of emotions accompanying loss by suicide.


Managing Survivor's Guilt


Survivor's guilt is a common emotion experienced by those left behind after a suicide. Therapy assists individuals in navigating these feelings, fostering self-compassion, and providing tools to manage the weight of guilt.


Creating a Safe Space for Expression


Therapy offers a non-judgmental environment for individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts or feelings. It encourages open dialogue, providing a safe outlet to express emotions and fears without fear of stigma or misunderstanding.


Redefining Narratives and Finding Meaning


Through therapy, individuals affected by suicide begin the journey of reframing narratives. It's a process of finding meaning, understanding the complexities of human suffering, and fostering acceptance amidst profound loss.


Breaking the Silence and Seeking Support


The stigma surrounding suicide often leads to silence and isolation. Therapy aims to break this silence, encouraging individuals to seek support and fostering a community where conversations about suicide are met with empathy and understanding.


Honouring the Journey of Healing


Healing after a suicide isn't linear—it's a profoundly personal and gradual process. Therapy provides tools, coping strategies, and support systems that aid the journey towards acceptance, resilience, and eventual healing.


Conclusion


The journey of coming to terms with suicide is a poignant exploration of loss, grief, and understanding. Therapy acts as a guiding light, offering solace and companionship through the darkest of moments, fostering a path towards healing and hope.

Remember, in the realm of therapy, there is space for every emotion, every struggle, and every individual affected by suicide—a space where healing begins amidst the shattered pieces of pain and loss.


*Office of National Statistics


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