The Sad Side of Beachy Head

Colin  Williams Photography

Wakefield, United Kingdom

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BEACHY HEAD – SUICIDE SPOT (Over 500 Suicides known)

These cliffs are the site of 20 suicides a year
If you are experiencing suicidal feelings, click here for helpline numbers
Click here for advice
Beachy Head near Eastbourne is a dramatic and beautiful headline extending 535 feet above sea level. But this area of natural beauty has a darker side. Beachy Head is a well known location for suicide attempts.

For most of visitors every year, Beachy Head is a place to escape, relax and take in the dramatic scenery.

But its history reveals a darker side. Since the 1600s it’s been a popular location for suicide attempts.

John Surtees was a pathologist for Eastbourne NHS for 30 years.

John dealt with many of the suicide cases and estimates that around 20 people each year choose to commit suicide at Beachy Head.

It’s good to talk
Peter Bridgewater is the Director of the Eastbourne Samaritans, the nearest Samaritan office to Beachy Head.

Many people who contemplate suicide feel unheard so it is essential that they are listened to, rather than talked to.

In 1976 a telephone box was installed near the cliff top. The box displays the contact details for the local Samaritans and the national helpline.

Peter has received calls from the cliff edge.

Although the calls are often desperate, it is possible to help the potential suicide victim by providing a valuable emotional lifeline.

Peter insists that the important thing for those contemplating suicide is to talk and allow time to reflect and consider all their options.

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