Following last week’s post Are Old or New Media to Blame for Suicide, I had the following email from papyrus:
I’d be happy to have a discussion with you. Perhaps you could contact me. Many thanks
Ged is apparently a little more senior within the organisation than Chris.
There was nothing from Ged – no call, no email, NADA.
The post Left Hanging in Bridgend seems to have triggered Papyrus to make contact. Bridgend remains a mystery. Like finding the Marie Celeste – a ship drifting at sea with no-one on board.
There are a lot of comments after the post – some of which get quite vituperative and even I who have glanced through them prior to posting have lost track of what is exercising people.
It appears that Madeleine Moon the Member of Parliament for the area got the local papers to stop reporting on inquests in Bridgend just after there was a succession of inquests where antidepressants were mentioned – not by coroners, or GPs, but by relatives or police officers.
Of the suicides 13% were reported to be on antidepressants, 0% were reported not to be taking antidepressants and 87% remain unreported. See HERE.
Somewhat surprisingly in the aftermath, Madeleine Moon went on to be Parliament’s leader on suicide prevention. Bridgend got a large pharmaceutical facility (Biotec). No public enquiry was ever held.
Swansea University’s Department of Psychiatry were supposed to investigating the Bridgend deaths and I had the impression some account would be given of what happened, but I’ve never seen anything.
Maria Bradshaw from CASPER in New Zealand later reported that their research found that 87% of children who took their lives in New Zealand did so after having been prescribed antidepressants. This is a lay organization keeping track of things.
In the UK Louis Appleby and the National Suicide Prevention Programme is supposed to keep track but its never possible to work out from their reports the proportion of people who are taking meds at the point of death.
It is also impossible to work out what the UK suicide rates are as coroners now have discretion to return narrative verdicts, or open verdicts or other options.
As for the Instagram side of this story, there was no Instagram then. Now 10 and 12 year olds, as comments on last week’s post suggest, know more about sex than I know or would want to know, may have watched snuff movies or real torture. Its likely there is a lot of material on many phones that an older generation would never cope with. But they desensitize just as their parents generation (Ged and Chris included) became erotically desensitized, perhaps helped by material from Google and Facebook.
That said, there are well documented accounts of SSRI takers who have deliberately watched snuff movies and executions in order to be able to feel something – such is the emotional numbing these drugs can produce – and who recoil in horror from these things once they stop their drug.
Its perhaps perverse to mention it but the only people who profit after a child dies by suicide is an organisation like Papyrus.
More next week.