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WATCH: Cumbria Police deal with 100 more mental health cases a month now than last year

Chief SuperIntendent Mark Pannone of Cumbria Police told ITV Border that the force has had to deal with 350-400 incidents a month, concerning people with mental health issues, so far this year.

He said this is 100 incidents more than this time last year.

He also said more resources are needed to help people with mental health issues.

Watch our presenter Ian Payne's interview with him below:

WATCH: Woman speaks out about her daughter's suicide

A woman from Carlisle has been speaking to Lookaround about the days leading up to her daughter taking her own life.

Dorothea Shaw says her daughter Kelly was refused care because health professionals thought she could cope on her own... she says it left Kelly with no-one to turn to when she needed help the most.

For one of our reports for Mental Health Awareness Week, our reporter Fiona Marley Paterson went to meet to Dorothea.

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National award for Cumbria nursing student's work on mental health stigma

Zoe Butler (centre) collects her award Credit: University of Cumbria

A University of Cumbria nursing student has won a national award in recognition of her work to reduce the stigma of mental health among young people.

Third year adult nursing student Zoe Butler was awarded the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award at the Royal College of Nursing inspiration (RCNi) Awards 2017.

Zoe, from Kendal, was among winners at the event supported by Nursing Standard and sponsored by Guidelines for Nurses which was held at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London on Friday.

The awards recognise nurses who have come up with new ways to improve health, enhance patient experiences and transform nursing practice.

Zoe was instrumental in working with young people to write and film a series of monologues as part of a project called ‘The Hot Potato’ aimed at raising awareness of mental health. Now in use in schools and other organisations across Cumbria, a video is used to prompt discussions regarding mental illness.

“I can't describe how amazing it feels to have an award that recognises a project about giving young people a voice and allowing them access to health services in a way that's makes them feel confident in themselves.”

– Zoe Butler, nursing student

ITV Border exclusive: 30% increase in mental health related incidents reported to police

The number of incidents with a mental health marker reported to police have increased Credit: PA

A freedom of information request by ITV Border has revealed that the number of incidents with a mental health marker reported to police increased by nearly 30% between 2014 and 2016.

There were 9716 incidents reported overall:

  • 01 January - 31 December 2014: 2845 incidents
  • 01 January - 31 December 2015: 3198 incidents
  • 01 January - 31 December 2016: 3673 incidents

Incidents with a mental health marker include situations where the person in question is considered to have a mental health issue.

A multi-agency crisis assessment service (MACAS) was formed in March 2017, bringing together police and mental health professionals to ensure people with mental health issues receive the support they require, rather than being put in a prison cell or sent to A&E.

Cumbria Police say the service is proving to be successful.

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Norovirus closes West Cumberland Hospital ward

West Cumberland Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

A ward at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has been closed to visitors, after an outbreak of norovirus.

The virus is circulating on Ward 3a at the hospital, and a small number of patients have been affected.

All visitors are asked not to visit the ward, apart from end of life patients and patients for whom, at the discretion of ward staff, it is felt viewing is essential.

Anyone planning to visit other parts of West Cumberland Hospital, or the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, is asked to stay away if they or their family members have shown norovirus symptoms in the last two days.

These include diarrhoea, vomiting and flu-like symptoms.

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