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Support Item from Maytree: About Suicide:
In the UK, more people die from suicide than
in traffic accidents
In Greater London there are typically two
suicides every day
It is the largest single cause of death for
males under 35
For every suicide there are thought to be 20
to 30 others who make an attempt
Suicide is thought to be higher amongst the
socially deprived, the depressed, those with severe illness, and those who are
isolated or live alone
Most (75%) of those who kill themselves have
not been in touch with the mental health services in the previous 12 months;
many fear stigma or hospital, especially a psychiatric ward
Maytree meets a need: a sanctuary for the
suicidal, offering time and space, support and respite.
For useful sites on suicide and finding support (click here for some helpful
Statistics about suicide
in the UK...
More people die from suicide – 4,900 in the year 2000 – than are killed on the
There is a need for accommodation in a non-medical setting for those in a
suicidal crisis and in danger of taking their own lives and which offers time,
space and respite.
Maytree aims to meet
There is a gap in the services available to the suicidal between the medical,
largely psychiatric and longer term, and the voluntary sector, offering help
lines and hostels.
Maytree fills this gap
The inspiration and energy behind Maytree
came from the Director, Paddy Bazeley who had been working full time with the
Samaritans for nearly 30 years.
During this time Paddy met many people with
feelings such as “I don’t really want to die but I don’t know how to live,”
or who believed for example they would rather take their own lives than go to
The stigma of a mental illness label and
the fear of being detained in hospital involuntarily (sectioned) deters a
great many people from seeking help.
Paddy first suggested the idea of a
non-medical respite centre for people actively thinking about suicide to
colleagues and friends.
A working party was formed to explore the
feasibility of such a project, following which a board of Trustees, chaired
by Michael Knight, himself a Samaritan volunteer, psychotherapist and
management consultant, began raising the necessary funds to buy the house and
provide the initial running costs for Maytree.
The faith and encouragement of the trustees
and friends has enabled Maytree to become a reality. Maytree opened its doors
to our first guest in autumn 2002.
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