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Debt, the lack of job security and mental health problems which have been caused by the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a rise in the number of people taking their own lives in Cumbria, according to a Barrow charity.

The group, Every Life Matters, says the number of suicides rose in the two years after the 2008 recession.

Michael Cassells, a community worker with the group who has had to deal with his own suicidal thoughts in the past, says turning to somewhere for help is a good first step.

The turning point for me was reaching out to a charity for debt to try to get my finances in order.

I didn't understand how much stress I was under until things had started to improve and I noticed the difference."

Michael Cassells