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SUICIDE

 Every year, six thousand people in the UK take their own life. The Government has pledged to reduce that number by a fifth by 2010. It's the most common form of death for young men and three quarters of those who do kill themselves have never visited a doctor or been diagnosed with a mental illness. Other high risk groups include doctors, who are twice as likely to kill themselves and Asian women between the ages of 16 and 24.


Lincoln Lawley lost his son Joe to suicide when he was just 24 years old.
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In the UK rates of suicide in the UK in men between the ages of 15 and 24 have doubled over the past decade. Here we hear from one young man who has attempted suicide on three occasions.
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Mike Churchill and his wife had been married for 12 years. They led a normal busy, professional, life; Mike’s wife was a GP in Manchester and he was starting out in his own business. Last year Mike’s wife committed suicide and for the family it came as a shock.
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Jasvinder Sangheera’s sister committed suicide when she was 24. Now Miss Sangheera now runs a women’s refuge.
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PAPYRUS: www.papyrus-uk.org  info@papyrus-uk.org  01706 214449
Young Minds Parents Information service: 0800 018 2138
Samaritans: jo@samaritans.org 08457 909090
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CALM: www.thecalmzone.net
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Scotland Breathing Space: 0800 838587 www.breatingspacescotland.co.uk
Doctors support line: 0870 765 0001
MIND:www.mind.org.uk
SANE: 08457 678000 www.sane.org.uk
The Charlie Waller Foundation: 01491 573514
The 24 hour national domestic violence free phone helpline: 0808 2000 247 run in partnership between women's aid and refuge.
Karma Nirvana Refuge helpline 01332 604 098
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: 0207 880 0230
The BBC mental health site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/mental/emotional_suicide.shtml


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