World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

by Tess Tainton

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day and, as last year, I wanted to reflect on my own experience of this often-avoided topic. Last year I wrote about the impact of referring to a suicide attempt as “failed” and how it ought to be described as “survived”. This feeds in nicely with the theme of this years […]

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