The tragic news of the deaths of two taxi drivers within the last week has illustrated the deep despair that many are feeling in the midst of the recession.
Last week, Kevin Jones-Evans (49) took his own life and his wife Denise said that she believed financial woes were to blame. In another tragic case, a fellow taxi driver died in his own car in the inner city last week.
These heart-breaking deaths have highlighted the plight that many are feeling in what are increasingly desperate economic conditions.
The country might be in debt to the tune of hundreds of billions but it's ordinary people who are suffering the most.
Decent, hard-working people are living under extreme financial pressure and, for some of them, the pressure has just become unbearable. And that's the real tragedy of the economic woes in which we find ourselves.