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Mind Matters: Caring for the vulnerable out of hours

There's a warning cuts to mental health services will leave more people in crisis - especially at night.

Merseyside police say a quarter of all emergency calls involve mental health issues.

The force now works with specialist nurses on patrol until midnight but once they finish it's down to charities to take over.

Sarah Rogers reports on the pressures of coping out of hours.


Suicide helpline: 'there is a crisis'

A charity in Manchester who work through the night helping suicidal callers say there is a crisis in mental health services. The Sanctuary operates from 8pm-6am picking up the pieces after regular services close their doors. Manager, Joanne Harding admits they are inundated all of the time.

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Mind Matters: 'Social isolation is a massive problem'

A project in Bolton aimed at staving off isolation in older men is proving to be a huge success. The Men in Sheds of Breightmet trade in skills as well as advice, encouraging older retired men and those with mental health problems to create new social networks. The scheme which is run by Bolton at Home is open to all men. Tony Cottram from the charity said the idea comes from Australia.


Mind Matters: an exclusive look inside Liverpool's Clock View Hospital

The number of people seeking help for mental health problems seems to be constantly on the rise.

The region's newest mental health unit - the Clock View Hospital in Liverpool - has only been open a matter of months but it's already full all the time.

In Merseyside alone over the last four years, the number of people contacting the Merseycare NHS Trust has reached half a million - a rise of 15%.

The new hospital cost £25 million and already, staff are saying its 80 rooms are constantly occupied.

Only those with serious illness are admitted to Clock View with a number of patients sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Our reporter Sarah Rogers was given exclusive access to the wards.

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