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Former footballer opens up about his 'paralysing' depression

Former Liverpool, Wigan and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has been speaking about his struggle with depression.

He played for a string of North West clubs before walking away from the game because of mental health issues.

He revealed how some days he 'didn't want to wake up' and felt trapped and desperate. He says more support is vital for anyone suffering with depression and encouraged others to talk about the issue.

Children as young as 10 seeking help over suicidal thoughts

Children as young as 10 considering suicide Credit: PA

The charity Childline says it's seen a sharp rise in the number of children, some as young as ten, experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The charity is calling for more people to volunteer and potentially help save young people's lives

Childline carried out an average of 62 counselling sessions A DAY on suicide last year, as more young people reached crisis point and contacted the service for help.

The NSPCC's round-the- clock service delivered 22,456 counselling sessions - up 15 per cent from the previous year - who were tormented by suicidal thoughts.

One 14-year- old girl told a counsellor: "I want to end it tonight. I've written a suicide note and have everything ready."

At present Childline warns it only has the resources to be there for three in every four young people who reaches out for help.

Dame Esther Rantzen, the founder of Childline is visiting the charity's Manchester base today to highlight the issue.

Suicide is the third most common reason for girls to contact Childline, and the fifth most common for boys. Mental health issues, family relationships, and self-harm were the top


WATCH: Race against time to help little twins walk

It's a race against time to help little Jack Hickey walk. He and his 4 year old twin Luke from Liverpool have cerebral palsy and could face life in wheelchairs.

Their parents have managed to raise 50 thousand pounds towards the cost of their operations.

Doctors have already given Luke the go ahead for surgery in the next few weeks as he's physically the stronger.But now the family need to raise another 50 thousand before Jack's condition deteriorates.

The procedure known as SDR is only available privately in this country. They've been talking to our correspondent Rachel Townsend


Under 30's urged to drink less

Under 30's are being advised to cut back Credit: GTV

People under 30 are being encouraged to drink less in a new scheme being launched on Merseyside and in Cheshire.

Organised in co operation with Merseyside Police it aims to cut drink related illness and disorder. It is an extension of an initial scheme which has been run in Liverpool since 2015, and covers areas across the Wirral, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Experts are advising young people to cut back on 'pre-loading' before they go out and on drinking in pubs and clubs.

This is about reducing the strain on public services such as the police, ambulance staff and hospitals at a time when they are already under massive pressure.

We know that many people travel into the city from surrounding areas so it makes sense to spread the message about DLEM more widely.

– Councillor Paul Brant, Liverpool City Council

Drink Less Enjoy More isn't aimed at those who drink responsibly - it's there to help identify the minority of people who have had too much alcohol and could end up being a danger either to themselves or others.

People need to ask themselves whether they want their night to end early because they've been refused entry to a bar due to them having consumed too much alcohol too early. Drink sensibly and enjoy your night out with friends otherwise you may ruin their night out too if they have to take you home early.

Merseyside Police is committed to reducing violent crime and making the streets safe and the continuation of this initiative with our partners should help to make Liverpool and our surrounding towns even safer places for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a night out.

– Superintendent Mark Wiggins, Merseyside Police

Independent report says Liverpool Women's Hospital should move into city centre

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An independent report has recommended that Liverpool Women's Hospital should move from its current base into the city centre.

Medical bosses argue they need more specialists on-site to provide critical care for patients.

Campaigners say the move will put babies at risk and at a cost of around 100 million pounds.

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