Dying for Help

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK. Dying for Help asks why, and explores how new behavioural science can save people’s lives.

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Dying for Help

The Passionate Eye

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK – causing more deaths in this group than car accidents, and even more than cancer. This means that the most likely thing to kill Dr. Alexander Van Tulleken is himself. And he wants to know why.

In Dying for Help, Dr. Van Tulleken reveals why people develop suicidal thoughts, and what can be done to help them. The film speaks with suicide attempt survivors, parents, and doctors and researchers working in suicide prevention, and explores the interventions which aim to save people’s lives.

For decades, researchers have tried to accurately predict who will die by suicide. Dying for Help shows how a powerful new technique, using algorithms, can predict a suicide death with up to 90% accuracy up to 2 years before it happens. The film explores physical solutions such as safety nets on bridges which can give emergency services time to intervene. It also tells the story of a group of doctors in Detroit whose prevention program in patients at the Henry Ford Health System reduced suicides to zero.

If you are in a crisis, call 1-833-456-4566, available 24/7, or visit Crisis Services Canada for text or chat options.