Alcohol often fuels feelings of suicide says Scunthorpe Samaritans' spokesman
THE article on page 8 of last week's Scunthorpe Telegraph (Rise in booze-related hospital admissions) made reference to the link between depression and excessive drinking.
We were very pleased to see this important point mentioned.
It's an uncomfortable truth that so many people try to "drown their sorrows" with alcohol when life takes a bad turn.
In reality, drinking doesn't help us cope at all, but can magnify our problems and increase depressed feelings to the point of crisis and despair. At Samaritans, we want more people to understand the key link between alcohol and suicidal feelings and actions.
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Every year our volunteers hear from many thousands of distressed people whose lives may be falling apart and we do our very best to support them while they are struggling, but it becomes a point of concern to us when alcohol is fuelling their feelings and increasing the risk of suicide.
Talking about our feelings is so very important when life takes a bad turn, so if you are feeling upset or low – or suicidal – please reach out for support or reach for the phone and talk to Samaritans in confidence day or night. - Patrick Hall, branch spokesman, Scunthorpe Samaritans