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Picture: Mental health nurses join police on patrol

Mental health nurses will join police in North Yorkshire on patrols Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mental health nurses are to join police offices on patrols in North Yorkshire under new government plans.

The force is one of four across the country taking part in the pilot. Specialist nurses will attend emergencies with officers where it's thought people need immediate mental health support.

Mental health awareness campaign in Leeds

The campaign aims to raise awareness of mental health in Leeds Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The charity Rethink will be in the centre of Leeds today as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the various mental health conditions which affect hundreds of people across Yorkshire.

The aim of the campaign is to make Leeds the 'most mental health aware' city in the north. The Mental Health SOS campaign is designed to arm people in the city with tips and advice on what they can do if faced with situations such as someone harming themselves or hearing voices.

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Mental health SOS

A campaign has been launched in Leeds urging people to learn a basic tips to help them support someone facing a mental health emergency.

The Mental Health SOS campaign is designed to arm people with practical advice on what to do if they're faced with situations like someone harming themselves or hearing voices. Anna Toth has a long history of depression and self-harming and says attitudes need to change.

Falklands veteran speaks in York

Simon Weston Credit: Press Association

Falklands veteran Simon Weston OBE is speaking at event on mental health in York.

He will address the Veterans Mental Health Conference at York University.

The conference aims to help agencies, including clinical practitioners, with best practice to help ex-service personnel, who often miss out on a joined up approach to their care.


Mental health workers in court over 'ill-treatment' of patients

Two mental health unit workers have appeared in court charged with mistreating patients in Doncaster. Care assistant Julie Burge and physiotherapy assistant Michael Barnard are accused of the ill-treatment and wilful neglect of patients at the Solar Centre in St Catherine's Hospital.

Barnard, 49, faces eight charges and Burge, 48, is charged with three offences between January 1 2005 and March 8 2007. Care assistants Susan Murphy, 43, and James Hinds, 59, appeared before the same court last month also charged with ill-treatment and wilful neglect.

The charges relate to 18 patients at the centre. All four defendants will appear before magistrates for a committal hearing on October 26.

New mental health centre

A new mental health facility will open in Hull today. The Riverbank rehabilitation and recovery centre will provide a home for up to 36 people. The aim of the facility is to help people live independently, rather than in an "institutional" setting.

Bosses at the centre say they are trying to change the way - in the past it - patients were discharged from hospital either into a residential home where they might stay for years, or into the community with only limited support to prevent a relapse.