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3. Takeaway Coffee – Mental Health Emergencies

How would you behave during a medical emergency? Have you ever been in a position to find out? What kind of training have you had to deal with the pressure a situation like this would bring?

In this short episode, I draw parallels between medical emergencies and emotional ones, asking if this could help us reframe how we see suicidal episodes, also including points such as:

– How suicidal thoughts could be seen as equivalent to an emergency (e.g,- if you’re in a traffic accident and make a 999 call)

– The specific type of stress that comes with the experience of suicidal episodes and how you may react to them

– How pre-existing mental health conditions may help us learn or manage our triggers, including warning signs that help us avoid emergencies

– Prevention is better than a cure, as it leads to greater understanding and acceptance

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.

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 – Website –

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

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

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