This website provides information on suicide prevention. We include links to the other main organisations around the world involved with suicide prevention, support and research, and provide information relating to relevant books.
This website was launched on 23rd July 2006.
To be or not to be: that is the question.
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them. To die; to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;…
Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1, William Shakespeare
In the last millennia, William Shakespeare was probably one of the leading untrained suicidologist and psychologist with a great insight into the human condition. His understanding came from observation and experience and he was able to successfully convey that into his plays such as Hamlet without any formal psychological study (see Palmer, 2007). Suicide has been discussed and written about for thousands of years. However, in the last 50 years the suicide research base has greatly increased.
The website is sponsored by the Centre for Stress Management, International Academy for Professional Development Ltd, London, UK. All queries relating to this website can go to the Director of the Centre, Prof Stephen Palmer PhD.