Around 6,000 people sink so far into depression that they take their own lives every year.
And according to charity The Samaritans that figure is going to keep rising unless something is done about it.
This week Panorama investigated the amount of police resources being taken up by people suffering with mental health issues and who are at high risk of suicide. Sometimes the only help that can be offered to them is a police cell.
John Simpson, director of Bedford Samaritans, based in Foster Hill Road, said the best way to keep the number of suicides down is prevention and having help available.
Bedford-based charity ACCM (UK), which aims to improve health inequalities in vulnerable communities across the country, is holding a suicide prevention awareness day on Wednesday to help combat the problem.
There will be stalls from various agencies including mental health charity MIND, local authorities, healthcare provider SEPT and the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Mr Simpson of Bedford Samaritans, who mark their 50th anniversary this year, said: “Our organisation’s aim is that fewer people die from suicide. But the reality is that people will have suicidal feelings.
“It is the lack of support and not having the ability to talk through your problems that is often the catalyst for going through with this.
“Having someone there who will not judge you, not tell you what to do, but just listen can often be the difference between going through with it and not going through with it.”
Between 2009 and 2011 there were 43 suicides in Bedford and 50 in Central Beds.
Dr Judy Baxter, local GP and clinical director for mental health said: “The health and wellbeing of our population is our number one priority and we are keen to prevent as many suicide cases as possible. Beds Clinical Commissioning Group is doing a lot of work reviewing both individual cases and patterns. “
The event is running as part of International Suicide Prevention Day in partnership with other agencies including MIND, SEPT, Beds CCG and local authorities and Bedford Samaritans.
There will be information, stalls, a one-to-one service and a memorial board to remember loved ones who committed suicide. It is at the Harpur Suite from 10am till 2pm.