Talking Suicide – Another Perspective

Bipolar disorder can cause suicidal ideation that leads to suicide attempts.  The statistics show that one out of three people with bipolar disorder have either attempted suicide at some point, or have been successful in taking their own lives. With an annual average suicide rate of 0.4%, bipolar sufferers are 10 to 20 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.

Suicide is devastating for all involved, and that’s why this short Channel 4 documentary – ‘One Under’ – is so poignant.   In examining the impact of suicide on the London underground, tube drivers give poignant and moving first-hand accounts of their experiences of what is colloquially known as a ‘one under’.

Suicide is too important an issue to be swept under the carpet and not spoken about.  This film is important in that it shows the impact suicide can have, not just on families, but also on those whose lives are changed forever in the blink of an eye.

One thought on “Talking Suicide – Another Perspective

  1. In my mid twenties I worked for Northern Ireland Railways as a train guard and seen first hand on many occasions the devastating impact that “one under” can have on drivers and other staff members. Its something that affects them for the rest of their lives. I myself was terrified of it some day happening to a train that I was working on and it one of the reasons why I decided the job was not for me anymore. Also, a young member of my family committed suicide last year in a public area and was found by local people the next morning. Again the impact of my nephews suicide was felt not only by his family and friends but total strangers.

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