chapter  10
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People and suicide: lived experiences of suicidality and involvement in suicide prevention research

In the time that it takes for you to read this paragraph one person will die by suicide somewhere in the world (World Health Organization, 2011). Statistics indicate around 1 million recorded suicides each year, equating to one death every 40 seconds. In the UK the most up-to-date data available at the time or writing reports 5,675 suicides for 2008 (Office for National Statistics, 2011). Even so, death by suicide is still a relatively rare event when compared to the other 500,000 non-suicidal deaths typically recorded in the UK each year (Anderson & Jenkins, 2005). However the psychological morbidity of suicidality is far higher than indicated by records of completed suicides. This is reflected in the Samaritans’ national data showing evidence of telephone contact by a person experiencing suicidality every 57 seconds, amounting to almost 5 million contacts during 2010 (Samaritans, 2011).