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Suicide: Help available

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, ITV Border has been running a series of reports about mental health issues in Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

The one report focuses on a new suicide support group in the Eden District.

If you are affected by the issues covered, the following organisations can provide help and support:


'Every week we lose a Cumbrian'

"Every week we lose a Cumbrian to suicide".

That's the message from Cumbria's branch of SOBs, the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide charity.

The group says that between 2011 and 2013, 162 people took their own lives in the county, and they're calling for more to be done to help.

Male suicide at 15-year high

The number of men who took their own lives in 2013 was its highest level for 15 years.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show almost four times as many men as women killed themselves last year.

  • Male suicides: 4,020
  • Female suicides: 1,120

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) says gender is the biggest issue when it comes to suicide.

They're calling for more to be done to help:

"There is still a stigma around suicide, and men can feel less able to talk about their problems.

More needs to be done to help people who are struggling and might see suicide as the only option, and to support the families of people who take their own lives."

– Jane Powell, Director of CALM