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'We need to build emotional resilience from childhood'

The pressures faced by young people in South Lakeland have been set out in a major report on Mental Health Services for Children.

The study was commissioned by the MP Tim Farron, and took eight months to complete.

The report found that systems for helping young people were often too confusing, and it makes a number of recommendations.

It was put together by health professionals, with a little help from a teenager who carried out her own research at school.

Fiona Marley-Paterson has the story.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues there are numerous charitable organisations across the UK that you can turn to for help:

Mind - provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Young Minds - a leading UK leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

SANE - a charity aiming to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness

Rethink -a charity supporting almost 60,000 people each year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone

Mental Health Foundation - a charity aiming to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health problems in the UK

Mental health services for children 'too confusing'

A new report on Mental Health services for Children in Cumbria has found that the current systems are too confusing for young people and their parents.

The hard-hitting report tackles the difficult issue of suicide, and estimates that around 25,000 people could be affected by such a tragedy in the next ten years.

We'll be looking at the report's recommendations in tomorrow's Lookaround, but first, Fiona Marley Paterson has been speaking to one man with personal experience of the effects of mental illness.

There are numerous charitable organisations across the UK that aim to offer help and support to anyone who has a mental health problem:

Mind - provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem

Young Minds - a leading UK leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

SANE - a charity aiming to raise public awareness, excite research, and bring more effective professional treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness

Rethink -a charity supporting almost 60,000 people each year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone

Mental Health Foundation - a charity aiming to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health problems in the UK

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Report finds children mental health services 'confusing'

A report on children's mental health services in Cumbria has found the system is too confusing for young people and their parents to work out who to see.

It also found waiting times were often too long and not enough money is being spent on children's mental health services.

It's a report that was ordered by Lake District MP Tim Farron after he received a number of complaints about the existing services.

9,000 sign petition to save hospital pharmacy

A petition, signed by 9,000 people, has been handed in to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust amid concerns of the planned ‘sell-off’ of hospital pharmacies.

The trust is currently proposing to sell off numerous NHS run pharmacies to the private sector, including one at the Westmorland General in Kendal.

Campaigners handed in the petition on Wednesday 23 July to the trust’s acting chair John Hutton, after which they held a public meeting to air their concerns about the closures.

North Cumbria Hospitals Trust referred to health secretary

Two hospitals in North Cumbria have been referred to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for failing to deal with mounting debts.

The trust has been referred to the Health Secretary over financial concerns
The trust has been referred to the Health Secretary over financial concerns Credit: ITV News Border

The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust was one of 19 flagged up to Jeremy Hunt for not meeting its statutory duty to break-even in the last financial year.

The trust runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

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Preliminary breast screening investigation at Royal Lancaster Infirmary

NHS England is carrying out a preliminary investigation into the North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Programme.

It's after a whistleblower raised concerns about the unit's performance.

The service is run by Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust says it has no conclusive evidence to show that anyone's breast cancer diagnosis has been avoidably delayed, and that women should continue to attend screening. Katie Hunter reports.

Preliminary investigation into Royal Lancaster breast screening

NHS England is carrying out a preliminary investigation into the North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Programme.

It is after a whistleblower raised concerns about the unit's performance.

The service is run by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

"So far, we have two reviews but we have no evidence to show conclusively that anyone's breast cancer diagnosis has been avoidably delayed.

"We are now supporting NHS England as they look again at our services and it is absolutely right that no stone should be left unturned whenever a staff member raises any kind of alarm.

"We haven't publicised our investigations so far because the last thing we want to do is cause extra worry among women who already have a cancer diagnosis or put women off screening, when we have no conclusive evidence of any problem."

– George Nasmyth, Medical Director of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

The investigation will be chaired by Carole Panteli, director of nursing and quality for the Lancashire Area Team.

"A cross-organisational investigation team has been set up and a review is underway. We expect a report to be produced by early September and are working closely with the trust and other partner organisations. We are committed to ensuring the very best outcomes for women in our care."

– Carole Panteli, director of nursing and quality for the Lancashire Area Team

Public Access Defibrillators set for Cumbria

A new project which could see life-saving equipment installed in towns and villages across Cumbria.

Public Access Defibrillators are used when someone suffers a cardiac arrest, and needs immediate treatment.

The Rotary Club have raised sixty five thousand pounds to provide more of these vital pieces of equipment in public places across the county.

Paul Crone has been to see how they work, and to meet a woman who owes her life to one of the machines.

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