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Samaritans' suicidal calls at five year high

Financial concerns are blamed as a main reason of suicidal feelings as the Samaritans in Wales reported their highest number of calls for five years.

The charity said job security fears and benefit cuts pushed the number of people seeking help from its volunteers to more than 160,000 last year.

Executive director for Wales Sarah Stone said the charity wanted to keep promoting the benefits of talking.

"We do know there is a link between deprivation and suicidal feelings and suicide itself," she told BBC Radio Wales.

"There are links between hard economic times and the ways in which people actually feel and how difficult they're finding it to cope."

  • 10 Jun 2014
  • From the section Wales
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