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Norfolk veterans paired up with rescue dogs to help mental health

Dogs in need are paired up with ex-service personnel Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk veterans experiencing mental health problems are now receiving help from man's best friend. A new initiative called 'Paw support which is also known as the Canine Stabilisation Programme pairs ex-service personnel with rescue dogs in need of a new home.

It's to help tackle issues such as isolation and build confidence.

"I am convinced that people suffering with mental health issues can find having a dog helpful and beneficial. This is especially the case with people from a military background, who like routine and are used to working as a team. Pairing them with a do in need will help them both."

– Mike, Falklands veteran

Father backs national campaign on mental health

A father from Cambridgeshire whose son killed himself is launching a national campaign to improve mental health care.

Edward Mallen Credit: ITV

18 year old Edward Mallen took his own life at a rail crossing near Meldreth in 2015.

Today his dad Steve will join MPs, NHS trusts and emergency services to launch the Zero Suicide Alliance scheme to try and reduce the national suicide rate.

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