Calls to Samaritans increase after Coronation Street's dramatic story is aired

Lancashire Telegraph: Calls to Samaritans increase after Coronation Street's dramatic story is aired Calls to Samaritans increase after Coronation Street's dramatic story is aired

THE Samaritans charity said calls to its helpline increased by a third as Coronation Street character Hayley Cropper took her own life.

More than 10 million viewers watched as Hayley, played by Accrington actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, took an overdose on Monday night after giving up her struggle with incurable pancreatic cancer.

Despite media coverage prior to the episode focusing on the issue of euthanasia, Hayley’s husband Roy opposed her decision and played no part in her death.

Catherine Johnstone, chief executive of the Samaritans, said the Coronation Street production team had ‘acted responsibly’ by consulting the charity over the controversial storyline.

She added: “Our two decades of experience of advising the media about issues surrounding the portrayal of suicide, led to Hayley’s death and the devastation of her partner Roy being handled in a sensitive way.

“The inclusion of Samaritans‘ contact details at the end of the episode was helpful in encouraging those who were affected by the programme to get in touch.

“Our initial results show that calls to our helpline between 5pm on Monday and 5am yesterday ((TUES)) were 30 per cent higher than during the same period last week, although these are only partial figures.

“While some of this increase may have been a result of the Coronation Street storyline, we are also aware that calls to Samaritans are heavier than usual at this time of year.”

Some have criticised ITV for ‘stoking up’ a fake controversy about euthanasia.

Julie has herself spoken in favour of assisted suicide being legalised, while campaigner Jane Nicklinson, whose husband Tony suffered from locked-in syndrome and died in 2012, praised the soap for ‘starting a conversation’ on the issue.

But a spokesman for Coronation Street said: “We have never billed the story as dealing with euthanasia. We have advised it is a right-to-die storyline. Hayley acts alone and Roy has no part in her death.

“He is opposed to her decision and strongly expresses his viewpoint during the episodes on Monday night. Over the coming weeks, he will continue to voice his strong opposition to what she has done.”

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7:18pm Tue 21 Jan 14

flip'n eck says...

Samaritans mission, vision and values

The Vision
Samaritans Vision is that fewer people die by suicide

The Mission
We work to achieve this Vision by making it our Mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour.

We do this by:
Being available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide

Reaching out to high risk groups and communities to reduce the risk of suicide

Working in partnership with other organisations, agencies and experts to achieve our Vision

Influencing public policy and raising awareness of the challenges of reducing suicide

The Values
We are committed to the following Values:
Listening, because exploring feelings alleviates distress and helps people to reach a better understanding of their situation and the options open to them

Confidentiality, because if people feel safe, they are more likely to be open about their feelings

People making their own decisions wherever possible, because we believe that people have the right to find their own solution and telling people what to do takes responsibility away from them

Being non-judgemental, because we want people to be able to talk to us without fear of prejudice or rejection

Human contact, because giving people time, undivided attention and empathy meets a fundamental emotional need and reduces distress and despair

If there's something troubling you, then get in touch.
We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on 08457 90 90 90 or 01254 662424 (call charges apply)
Visit us at 105 New Park St Blackburn (variable opening times)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: www.samaritans.org

Chris
Director
Blackburn, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Branch
Samaritans mission, vision and values The Vision Samaritans Vision is that fewer people die by suicide The Mission We work to achieve this Vision by making it our Mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour. We do this by: Being available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide Reaching out to high risk groups and communities to reduce the risk of suicide Working in partnership with other organisations, agencies and experts to achieve our Vision Influencing public policy and raising awareness of the challenges of reducing suicide The Values We are committed to the following Values: Listening, because exploring feelings alleviates distress and helps people to reach a better understanding of their situation and the options open to them Confidentiality, because if people feel safe, they are more likely to be open about their feelings People making their own decisions wherever possible, because we believe that people have the right to find their own solution and telling people what to do takes responsibility away from them Being non-judgemental, because we want people to be able to talk to us without fear of prejudice or rejection Human contact, because giving people time, undivided attention and empathy meets a fundamental emotional need and reduces distress and despair If there's something troubling you, then get in touch. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on 08457 90 90 90 or 01254 662424 (call charges apply) Visit us at 105 New Park St Blackburn (variable opening times) Email: jo@samaritans.org Website: www.samaritans.org Chris Director Blackburn, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Branch flip'n eck

8:46am Wed 22 Jan 14

woolywords says...

With another social topic covered, there now only leaves a couple of plot options left for the writers to choose from.
Either someone goes 'postal' and shoots half the cast (preferably those that have got a bit above themselves in the pay grades) or they form a religious cult and sign away all their cash and property to an unscrupulous leader, who then clears off with money, after giving them all - including the kids, free orange juice.
And here's me thinking that they only dealt with this kind of hiatus at Xmas, so that they could run a strap-line across the bottom of the screen, reminding people of how they live such sad, lonely and desolate lives, that they need reminding of suicide, while trying to cheer themselves up by watching the umpteenth re-run of Morecambe and Wise, because the Queens speech is on the other side.
Perhaps there is some cheering hope for us all, as Roy's body is found beneath the viaduct on Rosamond Street, after throwing himself off it, being unable to cope with his loss. Which would be quite topical, given the numbers doing the same act, from multi-storey car parks in this area.
With another social topic covered, there now only leaves a couple of plot options left for the writers to choose from. Either someone goes 'postal' and shoots half the cast (preferably those that have got a bit above themselves in the pay grades) or they form a religious cult and sign away all their cash and property to an unscrupulous leader, who then clears off with money, after giving them all - including the kids, free orange juice. And here's me thinking that they only dealt with this kind of hiatus at Xmas, so that they could run a strap-line across the bottom of the screen, reminding people of how they live such sad, lonely and desolate lives, that they need reminding of suicide, while trying to cheer themselves up by watching the umpteenth re-run of Morecambe and Wise, because the Queens speech is on the other side. Perhaps there is some cheering hope for us all, as Roy's body is found beneath the viaduct on Rosamond Street, after throwing himself off it, being unable to cope with his loss. Which would be quite topical, given the numbers doing the same act, from multi-storey car parks in this area. woolywords

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