The parents of a man from Northumberland who took his own life say more needs to be done to help families impacted by suicide.
25-year-old Aaron Armstrong from Blyth died just weeks after his girlfriend, former Love Island star Sophie Gradon, took her own life.
Aaron's mother Donna says following his death, they've struggled to access support and now want something done about it. Watch Katie Cole's full report here:
The family want to channel their grief into something positive. They've connected with the County Durham service, If U Care Share, who support those bereaved by suicide, and hope to get similar help in Northumberland.
Each council has a public health department and can decide how to spend the money in their area. Today, Northumberland County Council said it's recently commissioned a service from mental health charity MIND, to provide councilling specifically aimed at those who've lost a loved one.
- A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council released this statement:
- Rebecca Campbell, Associate Director for North Access Services at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, said:
- Samaritans released the following points in their 2018 report:
In 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Of these, 5,821 suicides were registered in the UK.
In the UK, men are three times as likely to take their own lives than women.
In the UK, the highest suicide rate was for men aged 45-49.
If you require any urgent help or advice about your mental health, we've made a list of services in our region.