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"Shocking" level of money spent on mental health care

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Local authorities in our region spend less than one percent of the available cash on mental health care.

The survey by mental health charity MIND shows that on average just £144,000 of public health budgets are spent in this way.

MIND says its unacceptable.

Our research shows that the current spend on public mental health initiatives is negligible. This can’t continue. Prevention is always better than cure and ignoring the problem simply doesn’t make sense. Investment could stop people who aren’t unwell developing mental health problems in the future.

– Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind


Ethnic minorities urged to sign up for organ donation

A new campaign's started to encourage more people in the region to sign up as organ donors particularly people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Almost 700 people from the North West are currently on the transplant waiting list. The NHS Blood and Transplant authority is urging people to register and potentially save lives. Anthony Clarkson is from the authority.


Tragic Poppy-Mai: petition to be heard in Parliament

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MPs are going to hear from the family of a little girl from Blackburn who died from a rare brain tumour.

It has been confirmed that a petition by Poppy-Mai's parents will be debated in parliament today.

She was just 17 months old when she died.

Her parents have been fighting since that day to raise awareness of childhood cancers.

After getting more than 110,000 signatures on their petition they have been told it will be discussed in Parliament on the 28th of November.

They want the government to give more funding to help fight childhood cancers.

They also say there should be more genetic testing and research.

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