Ian Knott
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Helping men to open up

Suicide claims a worrying number of lives, with men much more at risk than women in the UK.

Ian Knott was a successful professional player for Warrington Wolves when he suffered a career-ending back injury that has left him in constant physical pain.

His inability to perform many of the roles he considered part and parcel of being a player, husband and father, led him to an attempt on his own life.

Ian now regularly speaks at meetings held by State of Mind, an organisation that screens classic sports matches, invites former stars to talk about their careers and acts as a forum for sharing difficult thoughts and feelings.

A Suicide in the Family will be shown on Panorama at 20:30 BST on BBC One, 13 April 2015 - or catch up on iPlayer

  • How you can seek help - If you are feeling emotionally distressed and would like details of organisations which offer advice and support, go online to bbc.co.uk/actionline.
  • Rethink Mental Illness has more than 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England. Its number is 0300 5000 927.
  • Samaritans provides 24-hour emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or thoughts of suicide. Its number is 08457 90 90 90.