Samaritans’ response to the incident in Telford on Saturday 14 March

Joe Ferns,  Samaritans Executive Director of Policy and Research, said:

“For reasons which are often complex and varied, many people find themselves in a position where they feel they can no longer work through their problems.  It can feel lonely and frightening to be in such a situation and that’s why we’d encourage anyone struggling to cope to talk to us.

Talking can really help when it comes to starting to tackle, and find a way through, these incredibly difficult feelings. We are here round the clock, every single day of the year, to listen and offer confidential support. People can contact us by phone on 116 123, email or find the details for your local branch.”

It is important that all media covering this story adhere to Samaritans’ media guidelines, to ensure that reports are responsible and encourage people who are struggling to cope and those affected by the incident, to seek help from sources of support, such as Samaritans.