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SEVERAL suicide attempts at a St Helens car park led the Samaritans to hold an awareness-raising event.

Charity chiefs organised an event at the Glass House pub in St Helens town centre following “a spate of suicide attempts” at the nearby Tontine multi-storey car park.

Mayor of St Helens Councillor Tom Hargreaves joined the region’s Samaritans director Jayne Finch at the three-hour coffee morning to add his support.

Samaritans spokeswoman Sam Buckley said: “There’s been quite a spate of suicide attempts in that area in recent months - it’s a known hotspot - and we want to get the message across that the Samaritans are there for you, hopefully before you get to that point.”

The St Helens, Halton and Warrington Samaritans branch, run by 33 volunteers, received 8,390 calls last year alone, of which 3,856 expressed suicidal feelings of despair.

To promote the fact that the Samaritans helpline is available around the clock every single day, Waterfields donated a 24/7 cake specially for the Glass House event.

The aim was to both raise awareness of the Samaritans for people in their time of need and to highlight local volunteering opportunities with the charity.

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support. To contact the Samaritans call 08457 90 90 90.