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2 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 September 2012

Victoria speaks to middle aged men who have considered taking their own life. Middle aged men are far more likely to commit suicide than other group because of the unrealistic standards they measure themselves against. A report commissioned by the Samaritans has found that, while the number of younger men taking their own lives has fallen in recent years, the rise in suicides among men in their thirties, forties and fifties has gone virtually unnoticed. Men between 35 and 54 now account for around half of all the six thousand or so suicides in the UK each year. Economic factors are key, with the research finding some men are unable to cope when faced with a changing job market and when unable to provide for their family or act as the main breadwinner. If you need support the Samaritans helpline is 08457 909090

Also a British servicewoman stationed in Afghanistan has given birth in what's believed to be the first case ever of a soldier from Britain having a baby on the front line. Victoria speaks to other women who gave birth after not knowing they were pregnant.


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