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1: Introducing Dark Coffee

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that shines a light on our darkest times.

Join host Alice Lyons as she and her guests explore their experiences with suicide ideation, in order to reduce the silence, stigma and shame that surrounds this issue.

In this episode, I speak about my own personal experiences with suicide ideation, explaining what exactly suicide ideation is. Specifically, my own journey in acknowledging my suicide ideation, what lead me to create the podcast, including the changing nature of depression and suicide and how it can move from being the ‘elephant in the room’ to a conversation that is necessary and perfectly normal to have.

I covers my own personal journey, alongside other topics, including :

– What suicide ideation is, including the spectrum from suicidal thoughts to detailed planning

– The discussion around mental health, particularly the level of understanding around suicide and depression

– How it can be difficult to acknowledge suicide ideation due to the media representation

– The importance of acknowledgement, conversation and normalisation

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space for people to discuss suicide with curiosity, compassion and curiosity. Join the conversation by commenting, liking and sharing this episode, or join us on Twitter (@darkcoffeepc). Your reviews will help us reach more people. If you like what you’ve heard, please help us spread the conversation further.

Suicide Support Organisations

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text – 116123. Call – 08457 909090 Email –  jo@samaritans.org. Website – www.samaritans.org

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health problem. 0300 123 3393 Website – Mind.org.uk

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.