From the North: Why are so many still seeing suicide as their only option?

From The North is the ITV News podcast made in the north of England, about issues that affect the north.

In this episode, we discuss the very tough issue of suicide which according to campaigners has reached crisis point.

Every 90 minutes someone in the UK or Ireland dies by suicide, so why at a time when mental health has never been more under the spotlight are so many still seeing suicide as their only option?

Tony Morris is joined by Stephen Klein from Samaritans, psychiatrist Professor Nav Kapur and Michael Josephson who attempted to take his own life in 1998.

If you are affected by anything we discuss in this episode there are a number of free helplines available to help.

You can also listen to From the North as a podcast, available on:


Samaritans – for everyone Call 116 123 Email

Papyrus – for people under 35 Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm Text 07786 209697 Email

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

Childline – for children and young people under 19 Call 0800 1111 – the number won't show up on your phone bill

The Silver Line – for older people Call 0800 4 70 80 90

The Martin Gallier Project Runs Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Suicide First Aid) in the New Ferry area of The Wirral. Get in touch via the website.