Gary Speed, football manager for Wales and former player for Leeds, Everton, Bolton and Newcastle, was found hanged in his home this morning under no suspicious circumstances. Police believe it to have been suicide:
- If you are considering blogging, writing, or reporting on this, please read The Samaritans media guidelines for how to approach the subject appropriately and sensitively.
- Please consider others who may be struggling with similar issues and include a trigger warning for suicide before your writing. My advice as to how to do this is here.
- If you are experiencing suicidal ideation yourself, I have compiled a list of useful hotlines, contacts and information here, and there is a Mind help page on how to cope with suicidal feelings here.
Never underestimate the immense power of silence: If you are struggling with your mental health and wellbeing, speak out. There are so many people out there who can and want to help you.
Look after each other.
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