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Matt Johnson shares his experience of mental illness in the hope of encouraging others to seek help

Matt Johnson is campaigning for people to 'Ask Twice' this Christmastime in the hope of encouraging more people to speak openly about their mental wellbeing. He shares his own experience of mental illness and how depression led him to contemplate suicide around this time of year in 2009. He says although life is never perfect, 'things are wonderful' for him now.

Please click here to access help and support for mental health issues.

You Know Breast: Juggling motherhood and chemotherapy

Seven months ago, Lorraine producer Helen Addis was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, she’s started her own blog The Titty Gritty to document her journey, and to raise awareness of her condition.

As part of her treatment plan, Helen needs 16 chemotherapy sessions in total, and will complete all of them before Christmas this year.

She opened the door to the Lorraine team for one chemotherapy session, and gave us an insight into the physical, emotional and mental toll it can take. She also reveals how she juggles being a mother to three kids while dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy.

She points out: "The word 'mother' is in the word 'chemotherapy', and I can't wait until the letters either side of that fall away and I can go back to being a fit and healthy mother again."

Do #YouKnowBreast? Watch Dr Hilary's step-by-step guide to the two minute breast examination that could save your life.