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More than a third of people who are in debt say their problems have driven them to consider committing suicide, research shows today.

Around 32% of people who are struggling with their borrowings said they had thought about taking their own life, while 5% said they had actually tried to kill themselves, according to debt charity Christians Against Poverty.

The group said the average UK household now owed £8,985 in unsecured debt, such as credit cards and loans, with people who could no longer keep up with their debts driven to desperation.

The research, which was based on in-depth interviews with 181 people who came to the group for help, also found that 78% of those questioned claimed they lived in fear as a result of their debts.

The threat of bailiffs, having their home repossessed or being evicted were just some of the worries people faced.

Matt Barlow, UK chief executive of Christians Against Poverty, said: "These shocking figures go some way to show the trauma that many in debt live in day after day.

"The UK's debt mountain continues to grow and many find themselves in debt through circumstances beyond their control."

A Samaritans spokeswoman said: "Debt is known to cause emotional distress and sometimes people in financial difficulties do consider suicide as a way out of the situation that they are in.

"But it is really important for people to talk to somebody about how they are feeling rather than keeping worries to themselves, in order to find a positive way forward.

"Samaritans receives a lot of calls from people worried about debt and volunteers offer an open and completely confidential arena for people to share problems that they may not be able to talk to family or friends about."

She said anyone worried about financial difficulties can phone Samaritans at any time of the day or night on 08457 90 90 90 or can email jo@samaritans.org.

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Banking and politics are a public health menace.

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More than a third of people who are in debt say their problems have driven them to consider committing suicide, research shows today.

Around 32% of people who are struggling with their borrowings said they had thought about taking their own life, while 5% said they had actually tried to kill themselves, according to debt charity Christians Against Poverty.

Wow. That must be about 20 million people ready to top themselves. Bring it on baby. Lower carbon footprint, less road congestion , smaller NHS waiting lists, houses at give away prices. Suicide on this scale should be applauded. Who would have thought that the credit crunch might take more lives than bird flu.

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Wow. That must be about 20 million people ready to top themselves. Bring it on baby. Lower carbon footprint, less road congestion , smaller NHS waiting lists, houses at give away prices. Suicide on this scale should be applauded. Who would have thought that the credit crunch might take more lives than bird flu.

You are joking right? :lol:

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Wow. That must be about 20 million people ready to top themselves. Bring it on baby. Lower carbon footprint, less road congestion , smaller NHS waiting lists, houses at give away prices. Suicide on this scale should be applauded. Who would have thought that the credit crunch might take more lives than bird flu.

There has never been a better time to invest in undertaking and funeral service companies , but now, buy now etc :blink:

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Wow. That must be about 20 million people ready to top themselves. Bring it on baby. Lower carbon footprint, less road congestion , smaller NHS waiting lists, houses at give away prices. Suicide on this scale should be applauded. Who would have thought that the credit crunch might take more lives than bird flu.

Or maybe 20 million people could just declare bankruptcy :blink:

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Wow. That must be about 20 million people ready to top themselves. Bring it on baby. Lower carbon footprint, less road congestion , smaller NHS waiting lists, houses at give away prices. Suicide on this scale should be applauded. Who would have thought that the credit crunch might take more lives than bird flu.

:lol: Wonder what suicide methods 20 million people would use. That would make an interesting graph.

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Or maybe 20 million people could just declare bankruptcy :blink:

Well if the report by Christians against poverty is correct then the preferred options are

1 . Suicide

2 . IVA

3 . Personal bankruptcy.

Lets hope they do not open a debt advice centre.

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:lol: Wonder what suicide methods 20 million people would use. That would make an interesting graph.

Does anyone know what the most common form of suicide is at the moment ? Like all things in life it must follow a fashion.

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Around 32% of people who are struggling with their borrowings said they had thought about taking their own life, while 5% said they had actually tried to kill themselves, according to debt charity Christians Against Poverty.

The Government owes loads doesn't it ?? Every cloud has a silver lining :lol:

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:lol: Wonder what suicide methods 20 million people would use. That would make an interesting graph.

I don't think it will be the hose pipe to car exhaust method. Petrol is just too darn expensive.

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I don't think it will be the hose pipe to car exhaust method. Petrol is just too darn expensive.

and then there is the hose pipe ban to consider.

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More than a third of people christians who are in debt say their problems have driven them to consider committing suicide, research shows today.

Around 32% of people christians who are struggling with their borrowings said they had thought about taking their own life, while 5% said they had actually tried to kill themselves, according to debt charity Christians Against Poverty.

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Does anyone know what the most common form of suicide is at the moment ? Like all things in life it must follow a fashion.

Stella Artois ?

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Wow. That must be about 20 million people ready to top themselves. Bring it on baby. Lower carbon footprint, less road congestion , smaller NHS waiting lists, houses at give away prices. Suicide on this scale should be applauded. Who would have thought that the credit crunch might take more lives than bird flu.

Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

Just shows the desire to have lots of pieces of paper with the queens head on.

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We'll see 5-13 people every day for an assessment following an episode of self harm (self-poisoning). I am consistently amazed at the level of debt people with minimal income are in, £5k-£20k isn't unusual, with nothing to show for it. Money not spent on necessities, but on kitchens, holidays, christmas etc. This debt however seems in most people to be an indicator of a chaotic lifestyle, rather than a prime reason for self harm, the exception being the elderly. More research needed.

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