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In recent years, public discussions about mental health have come along way, but clearly there’s still a long way to go.

Labour peer Andrew Adonis has drawn criticism for a tweet which appeared to minimise and belittle self-harm.

Quoting a tweet by HM treasury, which announced £2.1bn extra funding for no-deal Brexit preparations, prominent remain campaigner Adonis compared this to someone threatening to “slash” their wrists.

People on Twitter were shocked and angered by the tweet.

Many people asked the peer to delete the tweet, apologise and consider donating to a mental health charity.

Despite these complaints, the tweet has not been deleted and Adonis has not responded or apologised.

indy100 has contacted Andrew Adonis for comment.

Visit www.mind.org.uk/christmas for more information and tips about coping at Christmas. Mind’s infoline is open 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays). 0300 123 3393

Samaritans are also on hand to provide emotional support to anyone in distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide. Anyone can contact Samaritans any time for free, from any phone, on 116 123. This number is free to call and will not show up on your phone bill. You can also email jo@samaritans.org or go to samaritans.org to find details of your local branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.

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