Samaritans Scotland comment on the sad news of young footballer’s death

It is tragic to hear the news of young footballer Chris Mitchell who sadly took his own life last week aged just 27. Unfortunately we know that suicide affects men more than women, with men are three times more likely to take their own lives. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 and young people aged 20-34. 

Samaritans Executive Director for Scotland James Jopling, said: “497 men in Scotland took their own lives in 2014. Every one of those people was a friend, partner, child or relative of someone. Whatever you’re dealing with, from relationships to money, health, work or family troubles, don’t bottle things up. Samaritans will listen and help you find a way through.

We need to encourage men to feel it’s OK to talk about their feelings more so that things don’t get too much for people.  Samaritans is confidential and anonymous.  Whoever you are, whatever you are facing, call us."

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