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Male suicide rate doubles in year
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Male suicide rates have risen 9% across the North West
The number of men committing suicide in Merseyside has doubled to 50 in the past year, a charity has reported.

The figures were released by The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which has its only full-time worker outside London in Merseyside.

CALM said the number of men committing suicide had also doubled in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and had increased by a third in the city of Manchester.

Overall male suicide rates have risen by 9% in the North West, it added.

'Unusual increase'

Simon Howes, CALM co-ordinator for Merseyside, said it was hard to account for the unusual increase in the area.

"The local PCTs will be looking behind the figures to see if there are any trends," said Mr Howes, whose post is funded by the seven Primary Care Trusts in Merseyside.

He said the usual causes involved relationship or family breakdown, work problems or mental health difficulties.

Merseyside is one of a handful of CalmZones, set up by the charity, where callers are given detailed information about the help they can receive.

The charity also has a service where men can receive counselling online.

Funding has just been agreed for CalmZone for the Hyndburn area in East Lancashire.

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