International Suicide Prevention Day: Cumbrian father speaks out

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Last year, more than 6,000 people took their own lives in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Men are three times more likely to take their own lives compared to woman, and suicide remains the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Sophie Airey, a nurse working in Edinburgh, was twenty nine when she died last year. She took her own life, just before Christmas. She loved outdoor activities, and had given her family no indication she had any suicidal thoughts.

Her father Andy, from just outside Penrith, is now helping the suicide prevention charity Papyrus. It says that suicide is the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK.

Here are some of the places you can turn to if you are struggling or if you are worried about a friend:

Samaritans provides round the clock support for people when they need it most.

You can call them 24 hours a day on 116 123. They also have tips if you're concerned about someone you know, and advice if you're struggling yourself.

Mind provides advice and support to help anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

You can call them Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm on 0300 123 3393. You can also text them on 86463.

CALM is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. They offer support and campaign to change the cultural barrier preventing men from seeking help.

You can call them between 5pm and midnight, any night of the week, on 0800 58 58 58.

Childline is for anyone under 19. They have trained counsellors on hand to help with any problem, at any time.

You can call them on 0800 1111 at any time. They also have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online.

This is a service for older people. They offer information and advice and also have a 'friendship call' service.

You can contact them 24 hours a day on 0800 470 80 90.