66 episodes

A podcast feed with exclusive investigations by journalists from The Times and The Sunday Times.
The latest series: James Beal, Social Affairs Editor at The Times, looks into the suicide of a 22-year-old British student and soon links it to a man in Canada selling a lethal substance.
 

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    • 3.8 • 39 Ratings

A podcast feed with exclusive investigations by journalists from The Times and The Sunday Times.
The latest series: James Beal, Social Affairs Editor at The Times, looks into the suicide of a 22-year-old British student and soon links it to a man in Canada selling a lethal substance.
 

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    Poison (Pt 1) - The life of Tom Parfett

    Poison (Pt 1) - The life of Tom Parfett

    Warning, this episode contains discussions about suicide. 
    In October, 2021 David Parfett’s 22-year-old son, Tom, took his own life. 
    In the first of a three-part podcast we hear from David about the events that led up to the university student’s death.
    If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide or needs to talk to someone, please get in contact with the Samaritans online https://www.samaritans.org/ or call them for free on their 24-hour helpline 116 123.
    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today and get one month free at: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.
    Host: James Beal, Social Affairs Editor, The Times.

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    • 24 min
    Poison (Pt 2) - The man who sells death

    Poison (Pt 2) - The man who sells death

    Warning, this episode contains discussions about suicide. 
    In the second of this three part series we learn of a man called Kenneth Law who’s based in Canada. 
    Law appears to be selling a substance to young, vulnerable, adults in the UK, some of whom are using it to take their own lives. 
    If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide or needs to talk to someone, please get in contact with the Samaritans online https://www.samaritans.org/ or call them for free on their 24-hour helpline 116 123.
    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.
    Host: James Beal, Social Affairs Editor, The Times. 
    james.beal@thetimes.co.uk

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    • 24 min
    Poison (Pt 3) - An encounter in Toronto

    Poison (Pt 3) - An encounter in Toronto

    Warning, this episode contains discussions about suicide. 
    In the final episode of Poison, James goes to Canada to track down Kenneth Law and confront him over his operation.    
    If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide or needs to talk to someone, please get in contact with the Samaritans online https://www.samaritans.org/ or call them for free on their 24-hour helpline 116 123.
    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.
    Host: James Beal, Social Affairs Editor, The Times. 
    james.beal@thetimes.co.uk

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    • 39 min
    Poison - A conversation on suicide prevention

    Poison - A conversation on suicide prevention

    Warning, this episode contains discussions about suicide. 
    Why does suicide occur? Why is there still a stigma around it? And how can we work to prevent people from taking their own lives? 
    If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide or needs to talk to someone, please get in contact with the Samaritans online https://www.samaritans.org/ or call them for free on their 24-hour helpline 116 123.
    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.
    Guest: Professor Rory O'Connor, Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow. 
    Author of 'When It Is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It' - https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/442218/when-it-is-darkest-by-professor-rory-oconnor/9781785043437#
    Host: James Beal, Social Affairs Editor, The Times. 
    james.beal@thetimes.co.uk

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    • 42 min
    Poison (Pt 4) - UPDATE: Kenneth Law is arrested

    Poison (Pt 4) - UPDATE: Kenneth Law is arrested

    Warning, this episode contains discussions about suicide. 
    On Tuesday night, police in Canada announced the arrest and charge of a 57-year-old man on two counts of aiding or counselling suicide.
    If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide or needs to talk to someone, please get in contact with the Samaritans online https://www.samaritans.org/ or call them for free on their 24-hour helpline 116 123.
    This podcast was brought to you thanks to the support of readers of The Times and The Sunday Times. Subscribe today: thetimes.co.uk/storiesofourtimes.
    Host: James Beal, Social Affairs Editor, The Times.
    james.beal@thetimes.co.uk

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    • 18 min
    Poison - Coming soon

    Poison - Coming soon

    Warning, this series contains discussions about suicide. 
    A new three-part investigation here on Friday 28 April.
    James Beal, the Social Affairs Editor at The Times looks into the suicide of a 22-year-old British student and soon links it to a man in Canada selling a lethal substance.
    How many more deaths could this man be connected to?  What is being done to regulate this? And can he be stopped?  
    If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide or needs to talk to someone, please get in contact with the Samaritans online  https://www.samaritans.org/ or call them for free on their 24-hour helpline 116 123.

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    • 1 min

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