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Gill Irish

Gill Irish

Mental Health Week: Coping with suicide

A Derby woman's been telling BBC Derby how she coped after her husband took his own life.

"It just came right out of the blue. He'd neither threatened nor attempted it before. He just came out and did it and it was just a total shock."

Gill Irish lost her husband to suicide  in 2000. Following a period of work-related stress Neville suffered periods of depression.

But Neville, although he spoke to his GP about it, would not see a specialist - he didn't think he needed any other form of help.

Gill says he seemed at first to get over his depression but stomach problems later on caused him to go into a downward spiral.

Then one day, without any warning, Gill came home to find Neville had hanged himself.

Neighbours, friends, family and the police all came to Gill's assistance and she says she would have found it hard to cope without the support of her family.

Use the links on this page to hear Gill describe how she coped with her husband's death.

And listen out for more on Mental Health Week on BBC Radio Derby's Breakfast Show with Shane O'Connor, 07.00 - 10.00

last updated: 05/10/2009 at 10:42
created: 01/10/2009

You are in: Derby > People > Your Stories > Mental Health Week: Coping with suicide


In Derby there were 30 suicides in 2007 and 22 in 2008

It is estimated that in England and Wales, at least 140,000 people go to hospital each year having attempted suicide

Three-quarters of suicides in the UK are by men

Research has shown that almost all people who end their life by suicide have a mental illness, most commonly depression

Men aged 25-34 are at highest risk of suicide, followed by men aged 35-44
(Source: NHS website)

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