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Suicidal review – a harrowing look at a hidden epidemic

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Suicidal men speak for themselves in this heartbreaking documentary. Their profound feelings of despair should be inexcusable in any society that claims to care about its citizens The 136 suite is a secure area for suicidal men. Spot-lit, windowless, empty save for a trio of red plastic chairs lined up in a corner like seats on a bus, this is where men intent on ending their lives are kept when they arrive at the Riverside Centre, a specialist mental health unit in west London. Men like Charlie, 18, who has tried to end his life “four or five” times. “How I’m still here … it baffles me,” he says with a little crushing laugh. “I thought it would have worked the first time.” He was rushed to the 136 suite after his mother phoned a helpline explaining, with the terrible calm of a parent who has become experienced at this, that her son had drunk lots of alcohol and wanted to harm himself. As for Charlie, he dreams of falling asleep and not waking up. The appeal of death is “silence”.
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