Suicide prevention

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    Video caption: Suicide bereavement: 'Just reach out to us'

    After losing her brother in 1990, Dr Sharon McDonnell has gone on to run the largest ever UK survey of bereaved families.

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    Video caption: Covid: Newport father 'always had a smile even at his lowest ebb'

    Father-of-two Carl Morgan was "always smiling" but took his own life in July.

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    Video caption: Mental health failings: 'We hope our daughter's death will save others'

    Deborah Lamont's parents say nurses should have known she had previously attempted suicide.

  4. New text support scheme to help mental health worries

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    A County Durham charity which helps bereaved families and promotes suicide prevention is introducing a new text support line.

    If U Care Share says it has seen requests for help treble over the last six months as coronavirus restrictions place extra pressure on people's mental health.

    The charity was set up in memory of Daniel O'Hare who was 19 when he took his own life in 2005.

    What started as selling wristbands at football matches has changed into education programmes, counselling services and now a new text service.

    The charity so far has helped at least 200,000 people.

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    Video caption: Nuneaton mum fears lockdown could be behind son's death

    She advises parents to talk to children about how they feel as restrictions bite into normal life.

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    Video caption: Students encouraged to talk about mental health issues

    A woman whose sister took her own life is encouraging students to talk about mental health issues.

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    Video caption: Thursday marks World Suicide Prevention day.

    On World Suicide Prevention Day, there’s been a special focus on how to help people who are at risk of taking their own lives in Northern Ireland.

  8. 'Talking about suicide makes it smaller'

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    Video caption: BBC Ideas hears the powerful stories of three people who came close to suicide

    Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, here are the stories of three people who came close to suicide, but decided to live.

  9. Northumberland widower raises suicide awareness after losing his wife

    Widower Gordon Allan wants people to talk about suicide to try to save lives.

    He's written an open letter after his wife Sally took her own life, to mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day.

    The 64-year-old had been married to Sally for 37 years when she left her family home in Ponteland, in the early hours of Boxing Day.

    The case attracted national media attention after lots of people responded to a social media page set up by the Allan family.

    Gordon and Sally Allan

    Since then Mr Allan has devoted himself to learning more about mental illness and the triggers which can lead to suicide.

    He works with Northumbria Police to help it improve its response.

    Quote Message: Sally’s case was so powerful – I think it also showed the need for emergency services to improve their support in such emotive situations.
    Quote Message: I had a few different family liaison officers and they didn’t have access to the same resources I was being given from various charities." from Gordan Allan
    Gordan Allan
  10. County's suicide rate 'could climb because of coronavirus'

    More than 60 people in Cumbria took their own lives last year, and mental health experts are warning that the figure could rise as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that Cumbria's suicide rate is one of the highest in the country.

    Chris Wood is from the charity, Every Life Matters, says uncertainty and debts, particularly leading up to Christmas, could make matters worse.

    Quote Message: Covid-19 has already had quite a large impact on the nation's health, we're seeing quite large increases in anxiety and depression." from Chris Wood
    Chris Wood