Help is out there
It has come as a shock to us to discover that the town where we have our base, St Helens, has been given the awful title of UK Suicide Capital.
There are many reasons why this may be the case, however this article is not about that.
I want to highlight to anyone considering ending it that there is help and support out there.
Talk things through with someone you can trust.
If you don’t think you have anyone you can talk to then call the Samaritans on 116123 (UK). They will not judge, they will not blame. They will listen for however long it takes.
Life throws at us many challenges. They often put immense pressure on us. But there are always solutions if you ask for help.
People may not always say it but there are people who love you. The consequences of ending it all does not lie just with you.
Think of your family, your friends, and colleagues. They want you in their lives. You are worth something to them. They can help you. All you need to be is brave and ask.
The NHS Choices website lists the following helplines for people to talk to. Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you're feeling, or if you're worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at email@example.com.
Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is an organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Mind (0300 123 3393) is a charity based in England providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.