A distressed man in Telford who officers were trying to talk down from a tall building took his own life on Saturday and Police have condemned onlookers who were encouraging him to jump.

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The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq

Our Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq has responded to the suicide.

Monica said:“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and wider community associated with the deceased.

“As a charity we are deeply saddened that this person felt so low and helpless to the point of taking their own life and that there was such little empathy and compassion shown by some bystanders.

“The reality is suicide remains a huge public health concern with over 4,000 deaths per year and much more needs to be done to educate the communities in which we live to both remove the stigma and taboo associated to suicide.

“There are lots of preventative services now working across our communities as well as courses to learn first aid skills in mental health and suicide awareness and we would encourage people to get in touch with us to learn more by calling 0121 565 5605.

“We would also urge anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek immediate help and support.”

The Samaritans offer a confidential support service 24 hours a day across the UK that can be accessed by calling 0845 7909090.