The North West has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, it also has some of the longest waiting times for mental health treatment on the NHS.
Already this year an estimated 361 men, women and children have taken their own lives in our region alone.
Our Correspondent Mel Barham has more:
In October the government created the first ever minister for Suicide Prevention. Jackie Doyle Price MP took on the role.
Our Political Correspondent Hannah Miller asks the new minister if she accepts that the number of people are taking their own lives is rising.