Chris Mullin, Labour MP for Sunderland South, told Clive Anderson on BBC Radio 4's The Heckler programme how he advised a distressed constituent to stop reading the Daily Mail.
He told Anderson: "I remember once I had a woman come in who was really on the edge of a breakdown. She was talking about civil war and chaos, immigrants coming up the lanes of Sunderland with knives between their teeth to murder her. She was really in a terrible state.
"I just said to her 'What paper do you read, love?' and, of course, it was the Daily Mail. I just said 'stop reading it and you'll find life gets better.' That's the only advice I could offer."
Mullin, a former Mirror and World in Action journalist, is not standing for re-election.