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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.

Mental health charity seeks help from employers

A leading mental health charity has accused employers across Cumbria of being ignorant and frightened when it comes to taking on staff with learning disabilities.

Five per cent of people living in the county have a learning disability, higher than the national average, but MENCAP says not enough bosses are doing their bit, and are missing out on the benefits. Paul Crone reports

Employers 'missing out' says mental health charity

In the main cafe in Workington Community Hospital, thanks to West House, a voluntary organisation is providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

At the Carlisle branch of MENCAP officials say that some employers are ignorant and frightened of taking on someone with learning disabilities.

Adam Farrer and Claire Coleman work at the cafe and explain why they love their jobs:

"You're [employers] are missing out on some really good people, very talented people, who can enhance your company."

– Sheila Gregory is the Chief executive at Carlisle MENCAP

MENCAP is determined to encourage more businesses to get involved.

Read: 'Employers are missing out on some really talented people'

Mental health charity seeks employers help

Adam Farrer and Claire Coleman who work at Cafe West in Workington Community Hospital. West House is a voluntary organisation providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Credit: ITV Border

A leading mental health charity has accused employers across Cumbria of being ignorant and frightened when it comes to taking on staff with learning disabilities.

Five per cent of people living in the county have a learning disability, higher than the national average, but MENCAP says not enough bosses are doing their bit, and are missing out on the benefits.

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