10 September 2015
The subject of suicide is one that’s often ignored by the media. Seen as a personal tragedy, many people affected by suicide or who are considering taking their own lives don’t know where to turn to get the help they need.
Though around three times as many men as women commit suicide in the UK, the added pressure, stress and dangers of sex work places women involved with the industry at a higher risk.
With World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September, now is a good time to take a look at suicide in the sex industry and what can be done to prevent it.
Why are sex workers more likely to take their own lives?
Due to the nature of sex work, women involved in the industry are much more likely to be the victim of violent crime, mental health problems and drug abuse.
Violent crime can often lead to depression which in turn can lead to suicidal thoughts. Mental health problems can also make sufferers feel like they want to take their own life, as can long term drug use.
What’s more, as well as being exposed to a range of mental and emotional challenges, women in the sex industry often don’t have anyone to turn to. This isolation can make depression worse, increasing the chances of suicidal thoughts and placing sex workers at risk.
Some sex workers feel like there is no way out of their current position, something that can lead to severe depression and anxiety.
What help is available to sex workers?
Though women in the sex industry may feel isolated, in reality, there are a number of dedicated organisations working to help sex workers get the help and support that they need.
Anyone working in the industry who has suicidal thoughts – or anyone worried about a friend – can contact Doorway Women’s Services to find out what help and support is available.
As well as Doorway, there are regional services available throughout the country offering sex workers healthcare, advice and someone to talk to. Picking up the phone and speaking to a friendly and understanding voice can make all the difference when depression is at its worth and life seems especially hard.
From providing support to women working in the industry to helping those that want to move forward with their lives to leave sex work behind, we can provide the practical advice and support that sex workers need to overcome the challenges in their lives.
Call Doorway today on 0808 800 1030 or live chat to talk to one of the friendly members of our team.