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Cumbrian mental health service is supporting the new ‘We’re In Your Corner’ campaign from the Samaritans, to lower the suicide rate among men.
First Step is a service for people with mild to moderate mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, provided by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Richard Thwaites, Clinical Lead for First Step said: “About three quarters of suicides in Cumbria are among men. I think the new campaign from the Samaritans is a great opportunity to raise awareness and encourage men to seek help when they need it.
Men can be hesitant to seek treatment for psychological problems for various reasons, such as a belief that they ‘should’ be able to cope or that experiencing such problems makes them weak. Clearly this isn’t true - First Step receives referrals for over 6,000 men each year suffering with such problems. This is a normal part of life for men, even if it’s not as widely discussed as it may be for women. First Step offers a range of evidence-based treatments that can help men to understand and change the way they have been feeling.
I urge any men in Cumbria who feel that they are struggling to contact First Step on 0300 123 9122 or visit their GP for support to tackle the problem. Or, if you would like to talk to someone urgently about your problems, to call the Samaritans on 08457 909090.”