Samaritans reminds people in North Lincolnshire of its vital service

PRESS RELEASE

31 May 2017

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Samaritans reminds people in North Lincolnshire of its vital service

Scunthorpe Samaritans reminds people about the importance of getting in touch and sharing problems and is calling on everyone in the community to take their part in suicide prevention, particularly within the most at risk groups.

One of those high risk groups is men who are three times more likely to take their own lives than women and poorer men living in the poorest areas are ten times more likely to kill themselves than affluent men. Reaching men in this group and tackling this inequality could have a huge impact on the number of people taking their own lives.

Rachel Johnson, Director of Scunthorpe Samaritans said, “ If you’re poor and male you are the most vulnerable to suicide.. We believe that many men don’t feel able to talk about their emotions and bottle them up. These can spiral out of control, sometimes with tragic consequences. We are losing too many of our men to suicide and every single death is a tragedy that can wreak devastation in families and communities. The momentum for tackling suicide has been building over the last 12 months. The 70 members of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance came together on World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 to tell men, ‘It’s Okay To Talk’,

Anyone can contact Samaritans. Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time from any phone on 116123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit the Scunthorpe branch which is on Lindum Street, Scunthorpe. http://www.samaritans.org/branches/scunthorpe-samaritans

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. Samaritans responds to more than 5.7 million calls for help each year. People contact Samaritans when they are struggling to cope and need someone to talk. More than 20,000 Samaritans’ volunteers, at 200 branches are available round the clock, every single day of the year.