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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 11:07 GMT
BBC airs "surviving suicide" film
Surviving Suicide: Wednesday 5th March 10.40pm BBC ONE

"Surviving Suicide" is a sensitive and moving documentary which explores the issues affecting those whose lives have been touched by suicide.

The documentary will be shown as part of Sport Relief on BBC One on Wednesday 5 March at 22.40 GMT.

Every year nearly 6,000 people in the UK take their own lives.

The film features stories from everyday people; people who have attempted suicide and people who have been bereaved.

Importantly the film shows how people can embark on a journey of recovery.

One contributor is Neil 'Twink' Tinning, who was the official photographer for The Jam at the height of their popularity.

Twink has tried to kill himself four times in the last twelve years and says: "Sometimes when you are in that phase, suicide seems the only logical step."

The documentary also features commentary from celebrities Trisha Goddard and Melinda Messenger.

Melinda felt suicidal as a result of severe post natal depression but has now recovered thanks to support from the medical profession and her family.

Trisha has had first hand experiences of suicide and mental health problems in the family. Trisha said: "You get to a situation where you just want peace. It's a struggle to come back but you can do it."

The documentary is part of an ongoing effort by Comic Relief to reduce stigma and negative attitudes towards mental health, as well as to encourage people to seek help before they reach crisis point.

Surviving Suicide: Wednesday 5th March 10.40pm BBC ONE


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