A lot of people in Norway called the Kirkenes SOS helpline this Easter to talk about suicide

Depression panic mentalPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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Kirkenes SOS answered 2,391 calls between Palm Sunday and Easter Eve. Every fourth conversation dealt with suicide.

“At Easter last year, we saw a doubling of suicide calls compared to the previous year, from 11% to 21%. It is sad to see that this number increase further this year,” Secretary-General Lasse Heimdal said in a press release.

He says that many conversations are characterized by great seriousness and pain, as was the case last year. 

He further states that talking about suicidal thoughts is comforting for many people.

“For many, it feels almost impossible to talk to someone around them about suicidal thoughts. Talking anonymously with a fellow human being, and being met with understanding from one of our volunteers, makes many people feel better equipped to seek the help they need,” Heimdal added.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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