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Lost Soul Goes to Sea by Coral Aston
Posted by SANE
4th Jun 2018

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people in the UK. With 1 in 4 experiencing mental health, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of education among young people. It has been reported that 5,688 people took their their lives in the UK (2016). Although this was a slight decrease (3.4%) from the previous year, more actions must be taken to prevent these deaths. From my own personal experiences with mental health, I believe that the education of mental health is one of the most important tools to help support people experiencing mental health. Personally, I only remember having one lesson talking about the issue, this only touched upon the subject and was in my 4th year of high school. Due to this lack of education I didn’t fully understand mental health for most of my life. Thoroughly educating people on the subject of mental health issues from a young age is very important, it does not guarantee the eradication of suicides but the knowledge of our health and how to deal with it can significantly decrease statistics and help people open up to and accept support.

These photographs were taken on the Tay Road Bridge, Dundee. A ghost like figure represents life lost from suicide. Although bridge suicides aren’t necessarily the main cause of death, after reading many stories of suicide victims, survival stories, and strangers joining to help others, I was inspired to share this piece.

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