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Shame, stigma and not making a fuss – why nurses fear seeking help when they reach rock bottom

There’s been an ‘exponential’ increase in suicide attempts among nurses during the pandemic. Here’s how to help yourself or a colleague in need

There’s been an ‘exponential’ increase in suicide attempts among nurses during the pandemic. Here’s how to help yourself or a colleague in need

  • Stigma means nurses are often not truthful about reasons for sick leave - blaming absence on musculoskeletal issues, rather than suicidal thoughts
  • One charity is campaigning to prevent suicide among healthcare staff and to improve the way trusts provide support
  • Advice on what to do if you feel suicidal, tips on supporting a colleague in crisis, and one nurse’s experience of recovery after a suicide attempt

In 2011 in England and Wales, 44 nurses took their own lives, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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