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'No shame' in getting help for a mental health illness

A man from Carlisle is urging people who live with stress, panic, anxiety or depression to seek help.

Barrie Osgood says since his diagnosis, he has benefited from a mixture of medication, and from going to Ways to Wellbeing courses.

The courses, run by The Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust, have been attended by more than 700 people since they launched .

In Cumbria, about 125,000 people will be affected by a mental health illness during their lifetime.

Increasing concern for missing Carlisle man

Police have released CCTV images of the man. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man from Carlisle who's been missing for nearly a fortnight.

Caspar Capel, 43, was last seen at Eden Housing, Penrith, on Wednesday 14 January 2015.

It's believed he may be in the Brampton or Penrith area.

He's described as white, of slim build, with short black hair and a beard.

He was last seen wearing a dark jacket with green coloured sleeves, black trousers and a flat cap.

“It has now been nearly a fortnight since Mr Capel went missing, and we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“I would encourage anyone who may have seen Mr Capel to get in touch with any information they may have. I would also urge Mr Capel if he sees this appeal to let us know he is safe and well.”

– Sgt Grant Stevens, Cumbria Constabulary

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Health boss praises hospital staff for fire response

The fire broke out on Friday night Credit: ITV Border

The staff at the West Cumberland Hospital have been praised by the Trust's chief executive following Friday night's fire.

Anne Farrar has thanked staff for working to ensure that no patients were affected by the incident, including those who volunteered to come from home if they were needed.

She has also paid tribute to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

“I would like to thank our staff for the outstanding commitment they have shown over the past few days.

"I spent Saturday going round West Cumberland Hospital to talk to staff and whilst everybody was understandably upset, they were all also wonderfully determined that the future is still very bright for the hospital.

“I would also like to thank the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service for their quick action on Friday night to ensure the fire was controlled as quickly as possible.”

– Ann Farrar, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Weather: SNOW on the way

SNOW on the way Credit: Met Office

A cold and increasingly showery northwesterly flow is expected to develop during Wednesday and last through Thursday.

Accumulating snow is likely away from windward coastal districts, especially overnight.

Across Northern England 3-6 cm could accumulate especially over high ground.

Over Scotland and Northern Ireland 5-10 cm is likely even at low levels, with more than 10 cm over high ground.

Strong and gusty winds will likely accompany snow showers, and lead to significantly reduced visibility at times, difficult driving conditions and temporary blizzards over high ground.

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