It is deeply tragic that there have recently been several former Royal Marine suicides, some of whom were not seeking support and were trying to solve their problems on their own. We understand why this may happen in the Royal Marines family: “I don’t want to worry others, I don’t want to be a burden,” but there is hope, and there is always help available.

Whatever is troubling you, no matter how big or small the issue feels, it’s important to know there’s always someone you can talk to about what’s on your mind.

Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone you don’t know, who won’t judge you or tell you what to do. Every year, Samaritans volunteers spend over one million hours answering calls for help. They are trained to offer confidential emotional support to military personnel and veterans by phone or email.

Samaritans are there to listen when you’re struggling with how you are feeling. If you’re going through a difficult time, you can contact them anytime – day or night, 365 days a year. Call free on 116 123 within the UK or Ireland or email jo@samaritans.org. When you have lots on your mind, they can help you find your own way through it.

If you’re worried about someone else, encourage them to seek support. Remember, suicide is preventable and suicidal thoughts can be interrupted. Reaching out to someone could let them know that someone cares, that they are valued, and help them access the support they need. For more information about how you can support others, visit Samaritans’ website: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/military/

Don’t let ‘Pride’ prevent asking for help. Remember, it takes a stronger person to know when they require support and to ask for it when needed. Do not suffer in silence, ‘lift the lid’… speak to someone and utilise the support available.