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Mental health hero inundated with calls from people ‘suicidal’ over rising energy bills

An activist who has spent years campaigning to stop people taking their own lives has revealed the desperation being felt due to the widespread cost of living crisis.

John Junior, 33, from Wilmslow says as the cost of energy bills continues to soars say many people have reached out as they are feeling suicidal.

John, who experiences Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder, partnered with charities such as the Samaritans, MIND, and Papyrus, to educate and raise awareness, break stigma and prevent suicide.

However, such organisations are now worried people who are already suffering with mental health issues will not be able to cope with worsening money worries.

John says people on the brink of suicide are getting in touch, saying they are unable to cope with the anxiety, reports The Manchester Evening News.

John, who uses the pronouns they and them, said: “People are ringing me up and saying I’m suicidal mate, I can’t deal with this.

“[Energy companies] don’t care about people, all they care about is filling their pockets.

“Vulnerable people should be protected, people with mental health issues struggle with things outside of their control and with any changes in routine. It makes you feel more afraid and more alone.

“It’s vital people get extra support. This is affecting everyone – even people with well paid jobs.”

On the current cost of living crisis, John thinks most of the UK is vulnerable and intends to launch a campaign in the coming weeks.

John wants to work with local MPs, write letters and film a video campaign, asking for more practical and emotional support for people who are struggling with their mental health, and due to extra pressure, could be feeling suicidal.

John’s own struggle started at school when diagnosed with a chromosome disorder at the age of 11.

John started self harming after leaving primary school. When they started high school, things got worse as they were being bullied for being overweight and walking differently to other children.

In March 2018, John’s dad passed away. John attempted to take their own life three days later after feeling they no longer had anyone to turn to.

At the time, John weighed 27 stone and had severe depression and anxiety and in August 2019 was diagnosed with Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder.

John added: “I will be campaigning for more help. I speak to a lot of people from all walks of life – from single mums, older people, low income people, people who don’t worry about money, but all this is affecting everyone.”