Statement about financial stress and suicide

Rachel Kirby-Rider, Executive Director for Fundraising and Communications, said:

"One in six calls made to Samaritans are about financial stress, with some of these about rent or housing in particular.

"Although we know that worries about money or the threat of losing a home can cause stress and depression, it’s also important to understand that suicide is complex. It’s seldom the result of a single factor and likely to have several inter-related causes.

"Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope round the clock, every single day of the year call 116 123, email or find the details for the local branch at"

Notes to Editors:

Sometimes people get to a point where they feel they can’t cope, where it all gets too much to handle. It’s worse if people feel they are alone and can’t talk to anyone about what’s weighing on them.

If you are worried about someone do try and talk to them about how they are feeling. Some things to look out for in others are:

  • Being irritable or nervous
  • A change in routine, such as sleeping or eating less than normal
  • Drinking, smoking or using drugs more than usual
  • Being un-typically clumsy or accident prone
  • Becoming withdrawn or losing touch with friends and family
  • Losing interest in their appearance. For example dressing badly, no longer wearing make-up, not washing regularly
  • Making leading statements, such as 'You wouldn't believe what I've been through' or 'It’s like the whole world is against me'. People sometimes say these things in the hope you will ask what they mean, so that they can talk about it
  • Putting themselves down in a serious or jokey way, for example 'Oh, no one loves me', or 'I'm a waste of space'.

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