‘Suicidal Thoughts’ Performed by Lewis Ama

B3TV presents a new monologue/short films exploring overcoming suicidal thoughts.

Starring Lewis Ama @lewiscama

Visuals by Kye Taliana

@Kyetaliana Edited by Lewis Ama & Kye Taliana

Some key statistics:

In 2015 there were 6,639 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

6,188 suicides were registered in the UK and 451 in the Republic of Ireland.

The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 40–44.

The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was for men aged 25–34 (with an almost identical rate for men aged 45–54).

In England and the UK, female suicide rates are at their highest in a decade.

Rates have increased in the UK (by 3.8%), England (by 2%), Wales (61.8%) and Northern Ireland (18.5%) since 2014 – however increases in Wales and Northern Ireland may be explained by inconsistencies in the processes for recording suicides in these countries.

Female suicide rates have decreased in Scotland (by 1.4%) and the Republic of Ireland (by 13.1%) since 2014.

Male rates remain consistently higher than female suicide rates across the UK and Republic of Ireland – most notably 5 times higher in Republic of Ireland and around 3 times in the UK.

If you feel suicidal you should contact 116 123 Samaritans who are there to help you.