Dan Hagley (Darrell Makepeace)


 If you've been affected by Darrell's storyline, here are sources of advice and support.

Samaritans
is available for anyone struggling to cope round the clock, every single day of the year. They provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential. Get in touch by phone or email or find the details for the local branch online.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90
Email: jo@samaritans.org

PAPYRUS and HOPELineUK: If you’re a young person and you’re considering suicide, or you feel depressed or like you’re not coping with life, HOPELineUK, provided by the organisation PAPYRUS, is a confidential helpline service staffed by trained professionals who can give support, practical advice and information. PAPYRUS can also offer help and advice if you’re concerned about someone you know.
Helpline: 0800 068 41 41
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org
Text 07786 209 697

CALM, the campaign against living miserably is a charity aimed at preventing male suicide in the UK. Calls to their helpline are anonymous, confidential, free from a landline and will not appear on itemised bills.
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (daily 5pm-midnight)

Lifeline is the crisis response counselling helpline for people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland. Whatever your age or circumstances if you or someone you know are suffering, Lifeline is there to help. 
For immediate support, call freephone 0808 808 8000 in confidence, 24 hours a day. 

ZEST is an organisation dealing with problems which lead to suicidal behaviour and self-harm. 
Phone: 028 71 266 999

Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. They are there in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and information.
If you think you need Breathing Space call 0800 83 85 87 (6pm til 2am Monday to Thursday and 24 hours at the weekend).  
A BSL service is also available via the website.

Community Advice & Listening Line offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service. The C.A.L.L. Helpline offers a confidential listening and support service. 
Freephone: 0800 132 737, or text "help" to 81066.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Phone: 0844 561 6855 (daily 9am - 9pm)

Shelter helps three million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness, via their website, helpline and face to face services and campaigns to prevent it in the first place.They exist so that no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
Free Housing advice helpline: 0808 800 4444

Crisis is a national charity for single homeless people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change. Their innovative education, employment, housing and well-being services address individual needs and help people to transform their lives
Phone: 0300 636 1967 

The Citizens Advice Service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.
To find details of your local bureau visit the website or text CAB and your post code to 64446.Their self-help website has practical, reliable information to help you solve your problems.
Tailored advice for under 25s

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales. It provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. The Mind infoline provides information on a range of topics including types of mental health problem, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy. They are also able to provide details of local help and support.
Contact them by phone on 0300 123 3393 between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday
or by email at info@mind.org.uk 

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness. They can provide practical advice and information about issues such as therapy and medication, benefits, debt, criminal justice and your rights under the Mental Health Act, as well as operating support groups across England. 
Rethink Information and Advice Line: 0300 5000 927 (Monday-Friday 10am-1pm) 
Email: advice@rethink.org 

SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness. Their services are completely confidential and whatever your problems or concerns, you will receive non-judgemental emotional support. There are 3 main ways to reach them:
Helpline: 0845 767 8000  (available 6pm – 11pm every day)
Email  

Penumbra
is a Scottish mental health charity, working to improve mental wellbeing across Scotland. They work to promote mental health and wellbeing for all, prevent mental ill health for people who are ‘at risk’ and to support people with mental health problems. They provide a wide range of services for adults and young people which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery. 
Phone: 0131 475 2380 (9am-5pm Monday – Thursday; 9am-4pm Fridays)
Email: enquiries@penumbra.org.uk

Niamh Mental Wellbeing (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) provides local services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people across Northern Ireland. Through Beacon, they provide day, housing and advocacy support for anyone with experience of mental illness as well as support groups and learning programmes. Through Carecall they provide access to counselling and psychological therapies as well as mental health and wellbeing programmes, mainly in the workplace, colleges and higher education.  
Phone: 028 9032 8474
Email: info@niamhwellbeing.org 

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.
 
BBC Actionline - for sources on advice and support on many issues

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by AC

    on 19 Dec 2013 15:59

    I am very disappointed at the calibre of the writing and storyline for the Archers.This is tedious,dragging out a weak plotline and bringing a peripheral character to the fore front in an unconvincing way. Darrell seems to have changed personality to become an alcoholic and this is a ridiculous attempt to create interest in a boring, self pitying character when I would rather listen to other characters.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by AC

    on 19 Dec 2013 15:52

    Disgusted at current Archers storyline! Suicide storyline at 11 am on a Sunday/weekday lunch and tea times! No thought for the survivors of suicides..after40 years as an Archers addict am thinking of giving up Archers..just sensationalism for ratings to compete with tv soaps..should go out with a health warning!..and as for those who are feeling suicidal!...words fail me..after a lifetime of loving radio 4 I feel horrified and betrayed

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by cath

    on 16 Dec 2013 22:18

    Nemo in the nicest possible way I don't much care what the sws want me to think and I don't care one whit what other listeners think either. I simply listen to what's on air and make up my own mind. I have really liked the way that three people in the village, Shula, Neil and Eddie have chosen not to turn their backs on Darrell (and Jimus to a lesser extent).

    And as to the high horse moralists I'm afraid the fact is that many homeless people aren't loveable people without a past. But that doesn't make them - including Darrell - less worthy of helping to bring them back into society. I reckon Darrell has a lot of good to give if only people can get through the smell and his past stupidity. I think those who who are outraged at Darrell's crimes might make the world a better place if they concentrated instead on bringing to book the Matts and Des' of this world who push the Darrells of this world into these hideous places.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by DracoM1

    on 16 Dec 2013 17:18

    The way this SL has been blatantly manipulated is dishonest, does a disservice to mental health issues, and is a discredit to the TA production team.

    Critical pieces of vital but evidently inconvenient info on Darrell's very recent and criminal past have been simply airbrushed out, and in the process, one of the straightest, most honest and generous-hearted figures in TA, namely Neil Carter- Chair of the PC - has been written as saying NOTHING whatever about Darrell to one of his oldest friends in the vill, namely Shula. And of course, when he was walking about with a sling following the shooting incident, Shula asked Neil nothing about it? As if.

    Mental health issues are a worthy thing, but to use Darrell of all people and the way it has been done has done damage to the cause and TA's integrity.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by John Kelly

    on 16 Dec 2013 14:20

    I'm a little surprised that no one seems to have detected the next misfortune which is to be visited on Darrell. Surely it is evident that Rosa's antipathy is rooted in (soon to be revealed) child abuse ? Which would make about as much sense as anything else in this absurd pantomime. Talking of which maybe Lynda could adapt it for next year's Xmas show as a version of the Book of Job ?

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by Nemo399

    on 16 Dec 2013 07:45

    I notice on the front page that 75% of voters think that Shula should give up on Darrell: I'm not sure whether that's because they think it's a job for professionals and that Shula did more harm than good, her behaviour 'enabling' the man to get worse and more dependent, or whether some of them also wish the script-writers should give up too!
    Unlike you, I haven't been 'gripped' by this story-line and I think that if it was intended to provoke sympathy for Darrell, it's been rather a failure, a real Christmas turkey! I've come upon quite a lot of other listeners who seem to feel the same, on various forums etc. And yet this kind of story line has been done well in the past, when they've made the story less issue-driven and more character driven. The problem with Darrell is that he's just an issue; as a character, he's just a feeble cipher, in my view.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by cath

    on 15 Dec 2013 21:51

    Oh well, I suppose it shows the sws can't please everyone. I haven't enjoyed this sl but I have been pretty gripped by it. I suspect that you could point a finger at most people on the streets as having brought it on themselves and condemn them for the desperate actions they then take as a result of being homeless - and point the same finger at all the rest of us who are lucky enough not to have found ourselves on the streets though we're not saints.

    But we've heard Darrell being bullied by Elona and Matt and that Des bloke and between them I'd say they've driven a gormless but essentially harmless and well meaning man to do all sorts of ghastly things.

    As to his family, while poor Darrell loves them of course, I'd say that one of the good things
    about his current situation is that at least he's away from the corrosive selfish grasping wife and daughters that he's had the misfortune to marry/produce. My only cheer will come if I hear the appalling Rosa fall off her scooter as she revs off in high dudgeon.

    (Hurray for Eddie and Neil this evening.)

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Nemo399

    on 15 Dec 2013 19:24

    I'm just dismayed by the way this Darrell story-line is dragging on and on! He's such an unsympathetic character--drunken, thieving, smelly, trying to steal the charity box, getting involved in dog-fights---the list is endless. Even his own family can't stand him.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by cath

    on 15 Dec 2013 18:56

    Nemo, I'm afraid that I'm not going to accept any character's point of view on every matter, I think that would be quite peculiar. And I can't believe the sws would expect us to follow one person's point of view either (they'd be doomed to disappointment if they did).

    The reason I said that Jill's reaction was middle class was because it's often a middle class attitude to affect to care about something because if you don't you sound mean, but not wish to do anything about it - so leave it to the professionals becomes the mantra to enable one to forget a person's plight without feeling guilty. And who cares if there aren't any professionals, well there should due so that's that. It's worse than saying you don't care in the first place. I think even Jimus was a bit horrified at Jill's pleading to leave Darrell alone.

    And hello Rosie dearest, well quite, I do think Jill's reaction is surprising, I wouldn't have thought she'd become such a vehemently selfish old bat in her dotage but maybe it's the cataracts talking.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by RosieT

    on 15 Dec 2013 18:20

    Jill was the person who turned the water back on, which uncaring David and Phil had turned off, when Craig, Lisa and BabyScott squatted in Rickyard Cottage, who brought the ungrateful family her jams and marmalades ("We don't want charity!") and arranged a job for Craig, washed Scott's nappies, displayed her humanity, while all around displayed scorn and derision. She also helped that Arnold bloke (forget surname) with his eyesight problems, got him Talking Newspapers, got him to the opticion, helped him move to his daughter's home.

    It is hard to think of her as this looney who went on at her daughter, "Get him outta Your Stables!" instead of quietly finding some pockets of help, some WI contacts with organisations who would aid Darrell, or using her vast church contacts, isn't it.

    Poor Darrell.

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