Last month I wrote to the Lead for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. The current lead, Professor Louis Appleby, has a prominent social media presence and naturally many of his considerations relate to suicide and strategies that might prevent it.
In my communication I expressed a determination, like all healthcare workers, to help address suicide and its consequences. I shared my view that to do so we need to keep our minds open, to listen, hear, and engage with all voices.
Whilst I am not on social media I have followed discussions on suicide prevention on twitter for some years now. I have noticed, at least what appears to me, a pattern: that the Lead for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England does not seem to engage on social media with those who have experienced less than positive experiences of psychotropic medications. Experiences including akathisia, impulsivity and suicidality.
In my communication I said that I wanted to seek a better understanding of suicide prevention and that I planned to share this on my blog.
Professor Appleby replied to say that I was “wrong” about Social media. As a National lead for Suicide Prevention he expressed concern that I was “threatening” him with “public exposure” on my blog and that he would “not be replying further”.
If anybody wishes to share discussions that they have had with the National lead for Suicide Prevention for England on social media in realtion to the potential role of psychiatric drugs and suicidality or suicide please add a comment below. If you would wish to do so anonymously please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will ensure this.