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16. The Power of Being Ordinary

‘How can we prevent suicide?’ This is one of the questions I found myself asking this week when I sat down with Robert Jackson, the Director of Manchester and Salford Samaritans. I was interviewing Robert as part of an upcoming documentary which aims to delve into the murky waters of suicide to ask what we can all be doing to help combat the staggeringly high mortality rates. Happily, Robert had a lot of advice to give. Advice that all of us can use to help save lives.

Welcome to Dark Coffee, the podcast that takes a light approach to our dark times.

Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health – from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.

Dark Coffee aims to create a safe space to explore dark topics with curiosity, compassion and courage to empower people to build their mental strength, resilience and sense of connection.

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Suicide Support Organisations – UK

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and emotional support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text – 116123.  Call – 08457 909090  Email – Website –

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health issue. 0300 123 3393 Website –

Saneline: Practical information, crisis care and emotional support to people affected by mental health concerns. Helpline: 0845 767 8000, open daily from 6pm – 11pm.


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