Press Statement in Regards to Piers Morgan’s Comments on GMB
TW: Suicide, self-harm, suicidal ideation
Following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah, there have been comments made surrounding Meghan’s disclosure that she had thoughts of self-harm and suicide. Most notably on Good Morning Britain, in which Piers Morgan said “I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report, and the fact she’s fired up this onslaught against our royal family is contemptible.”
Morgan’s immediate dismissal of Meghan’s admission is unacceptable and belittles her experience. His comments also belittle the distressing experiences of people who have had suicidal thoughts or who have self-harmed. His response was thoughtless and damaging.
Speaking out is incredibly important, both in terms of getting help personally and raising wider awareness. If you are struggling with self-harm or suicidal thoughts, talking is vital and can be the first step to seeking help. Please do not let Morgan’s ill-tempered comments impact on your decision speak out.
Samaritans said “Suicide is a significant public health and social inequality issue. Suicides are preventable with timely evidence-based interventions [..] Some people considering suicide may hint at or even disclose to friends or relatives that they intend to take their own lives. Other people who are feeling suicidal might not mention it at all. There is no evidence to suggest that asking someone if they are okay will make them feel worse. Talking can help.”
If you receive formal support please talk to your support worker. If you don’t there are other people who are there to listen:
- Samaritans- call 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 24/7
- CALM- 0800 58 58 58 or use their webchat between 5pm- midnight here.
- Papyrus– for people under 35. Call 0800 068 41 41 between 9am-midnight. Or text 07860039967, or email email@example.com
- SOS Suicide of Silence– call 0300 1020 505 8am-midnight every day, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shout Crisis Text Line– text SHOUT to 85258