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Suicide prevention

Suicide is not inevitable, and is never the only option

Most people have had a crisis, where stress feels overwhelming. And yet, the crisis has passed. Most people who kill themselves do not want to die, but cannot see any other way out. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

The reasons why someone takes their own life are usually complex layers that build up, perhaps over many years, making someone want to escape. The sooner we get through the stigma surrounding mental health and start the conversation, the less likely people are going to get to the stage that they think they have no options left.

There are lots of ways we might become concerned about someone. They may not be looking after themselves, they might be tearful, quiet or no longer interested in things they used to enjoy. Perhaps they are drinking more alcohol, not sleeping or have lost their appetite. They may say they are 'at their wit's end', 'they can't go on', or they 'feel like a burden'. In these circumstances, asking someone if they are considering suicide will not put the thought in their head. Using the word does not increase their risk, but does avoid confusion.

If you're worried about someone, speak to them, listen, act. Don't ignore those alarm bells.

The facts

  • From 2006 – 2021, there were 156 deaths by suicide in the Isle of Man

  • For 14 years, our suicide rate was statistically similar to England and Wales but has increased since 2019

  • The rate in men is three times that in women, with middle age being the highest risk. The methods people use in the Isle of Man are also very similar to the UK

  • Only one third are in contact with mental health services and in the UK each suicide of someone of working age is estimated to cost the economy £1.7 million

 Suicide Prevention Strategy

In March 2023, Public Health and the Suicide Prevention Group published the Isle of Man Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Read the full strategy and find out more about the people behind it.

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on the Suicide Prevention Strategy and to hear more about what government and other organisations are doing to reduce suicides in the Isle of Man.

 Zero suicide ambition

The 'Zero Suicide' ambition begins with the principle that every suicide is preventable with the right support and services in place.

Find out how it came about and what it means to different people and organisations around our Island.

 Need help or know someone who does

This section can help you on what to do if you are having suicidal feelings or if you are worried about someone else, how to spot the signs and what to do to help them.

Find out more about the resources that are availble to help those who are having suicidal feelings.

 Support and contacts

Help is available right here in the Isle of Man for people experiencing suicidal feelings or those who are bereaved by suicide.

Find out more about the services available on island and further afield that can offer you support.

 Bereaved by Suicide

If you been affected by the death of someone close through suicide, read Cruse Bereavement’s Bereaved by Suicide leaflet for help and support.

 Online Safety

Suicide content online can often be insensitive or disguised as support.

Find out how to protect yourself and others from harmful content online.

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