Tyneside has seen an alarming rise in the number of people calling Samaritans.
Figures released by the charity show more than 37,000 desperate pleas were made last year, with nearly 5,000 of those coming from people considering taking their own lives.
The suicide rate in the North East is the highest in England, 13.8 per 100,000, compared with 7.9 in London, a figure which gives great concern to Samaritans.
Libby Hibbert, Director of Samaritans of Tyneside, said the number of callers has risen steadily over the past few years.
“Callers talk about a wide range of troubles that they may be unable to share with the people closest to them. Others are lonely and have no-one close to speak to.
“Some people have mental health difficulties that may affect their relationships or ability to work, some have other illnesses, and some have split up with their partners…
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