BBC WM 95.6 Topic of Suicide

Common Unity & Forward For Life speak live on BBC WM 95.6 on the topic of suicide and suicide prevention.


Common Unity, Forward For Life and Time to Change were invited to speak at BBC West Midlands Radio 95.6 on ChatBack on the subject of suicide and more importantly, suicide prevention.

Why not have a listen to the recording below.

3 thoughts on “BBC WM 95.6 Topic of Suicide

  1. Common Unity delivers ASIST and safeTALK alongside Forward For Life as part of the suicide prevention programme, We are currently looking at how we can tackle the stigma of "suicide"  by working with Black and Ethnic minority communities to raise more awareness on this topic.

    For ASIST training  and safeTALK Training please get intouch with Forward For Life or Common Unity.

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  2. Really interesting and good to hear this subject being talked about. With regards to the South Asian women you mentioned, is there much training in these communities or is the subject still very much taboo?

    1. Hi A. Thanks for your comments – really appreciated. In respect of your question, suicide is a taboo subject across all communities – people just dont want to engage with the subject of suicide – it scares them. There are so many myths and misconceptions in respect of the potential consequences for communities regarding dialogue around suicide that the subject is avoided at all costs. Whilst all communities are affected by suicide, there are specific groups that appear to be more vulnerable overall compared to others. In respect of BME communities, there has historically been an over representation regarding suicides of women from South Asian communities. High rates of suicide and attempted suicide among young South Asian women have been a consistent and enduring finding in national and international research over decades. Research specifically commissioned to examine this issue reported high rates of attempted suicide among young South Asian women in London, including those who were UK-born and a recent study (2009) found a 2.8-fold higher suicide rate among South Asian women aged 25–39 in contact with mental health services. Training in these communities is limited as far as I am aware – but then again, training in all communities is rare. The South Asian population make up a significant proportion of the City where we are based and we are keen that training and programmes that challenge the stigma of suicide are adopted across Birmingham through an effective community focussed suicide prevention strategy.


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