Locals say despair common even in leafy south Liverpool
A woman has attempted suicide in South Liverpool using a cheap knife she had bought only moments earlier in her local corner shop. The woman, said to be in her fifties, survived and was taken to hospital but police have so far been unable to provide an update on her condition. The blade cost just £1.29.
The shop owner said that the woman and her family are regular customers. The reasons for the attempt are not known, but another customer, who said he knew the family but did not wish to be named, put the blame at the door of the Tory government:
There’s a lot of despair round here, even though it’s not one of the poorest areas of the town. Imagine going into a shop to spend £1.29 on a knife and go and do that, it’s absolutely tragic.
Rates of suicide and attempted suicide have risen sharply under Tory government. In 2018, the Independent reported that the rate of attempts among disabled people had more than doubled to a shocking 43%.
Anyone struggling can contact Samaritans for free at any time of the day or night by dialling 116 123 or visiting samaritans.org. This article was written with due regard to the Samaritans’ guidance on reporting suicide and attempted suicide.