The number of suicides in Cumbria is above the national average, and the Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust is offering support and advice in a bid to help reduce this figure.
Sara Munro Director of Quality and Nursing at the Trust, says looking after mental health is "everyone's responsibility", but that the NHS can provide specialist support:
The rate of suicide amongst men is considerably higher than amongst women, and Sara says this can be down to notions like 'masculinity':
Ward 12 at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary has re-opened today, after it was closed due to an outbreak of norovirus.
It's the final ward at the hospital to re-open for admissions, transfers and routine visits, and had been shut since Friday 1 May.
I’d like to thank patients and the public once again for their continued support and cooperation during period where patients and staff have been affected by Norovirus which is circulating in the community.
Thanks to the vigilance and hard work of staff across the hospital it has been possible to bring this episode to a close swiftly and I am pleased to say that hospital is functioning normally again.”
Carlisle Samaritans are appealing for more volunteers, so the branch can be open full-time.
The charity also says it isn't just for people who are feeling suicidal and that they take calls from a wide range of people in need:
A play that explores what it's like to live with someone with schizophrenia is coming to Dumfries.
Called Normal/Madness, the play has already been performed at Edinburgh Festival.
Lori Carnochan went to see it at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles:
Schizophrenia is one of the most common serious mental health conditions.
It will affect around one in every hundred people in their lifetime.
The following links provide information about the condition itself, and the support available for those living with it.
You can find more information on Normal/Madness, a play that explores on living with someone with schizophrenia, here.
A play exploring what it's like to live with someone who has schizophrenia is set to visit Dumfries at the end of this month.Read the full story ›
Cockermouth Community Hospital is changing its visiting hours.
From June 1 2015 the new hours will be:
The hospital claims the new timings mean staff will be more able to discuss patient care with visitors.
Previously visiting times were close to a shift change, which meant staff were often tied up finishing off paper work and covering handover meetings.
“The later opening time means that our staff will have finished off their tasks and meetings and will be able to spend more time talking to visitors about their friend or relative’s care.”
Katherine Rutherford and Gemma Cairns know from personal experience how difficult childbirth can be - emotionally, and physically.
They set up the Happy Mums Foundation, in Carlisle, to help pregnant women and their families with mental health issues during maternity:
Many women, and their families, experience mental health issues during and after pregnancy.
It can be a hugely stressful time in anyone's life, but fortunately there are a number of support networks available:
- Happy Mums Foundation - a new support group in Carlisle
- Everyone's Business - this is the Maternal Mental Health Alliance's campaign to ensure all women who experience perinatal mental health issues get the support they need
- Maternal Mental Health Scotland - provides support and information for women in Scotland
- Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - information about NHS mental health services in the region
Katherine Rutherford experienced postnatal and antenatal depression while pregnant. She's launched the Happy Mums Foundation to help others.Read the full story ›