There has been an alarming rise in the number of people with mental health problems who feel they've got nowhere to go for treatment other than their local A&E.
An exclusive investigation by Granada Reports has revealed more than 40- thousand people with psychiatric issues went to A&E in the North West in the last three years - a rise of almost 70 per cent.
The Government says it's investing millions in support.
Charities and people affected say mental health services are collapsing due to cuts.
Sarah Rogers has this report:
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A scheme to get to make GPs available to their patients seven days a week is being launched in Greater Manchester where it's hoped it will reduce waiting times and take pressure off hospitals.
The plan would mean extra appointments available on weekdays as well as in the evening and weekends.
It's controversial because some say there's already a shortage of GPs and it could come at a high cost to the NHS.
Daniel Hewitt reports.
- Prof Kieran Walsh, of Manchester Business School, explains more about the plans.
People living in Greater Manchester are to get access to same day medical help, seven days a week.
It follows proposals made last year as part of the Healthier Together consultation process.
It's been announced that all parts of Greater Manchester will be covered by the end of 2015 with more improvements due next year.
It's hoped the move will help take pressure off the region's hospitals.
An ITV Poll earlier this year found that voters in the North West see the future of the NHS as the most important issue at the upcoming General Election.
The Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens says the service faces the biggest challenge in its history.
Through the eyes of three patients and NHS staff, our political reporter Daniel Hewitt looks at the cost of running a free national health service in the 21st century.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told Granada Reports his party will back the National Health Service and does want it to be free at the point of delivery, but would not ringfence NHS spending.
Speaking with 100 days to go until the General Election, Mr Farage said all parties need to confront the 'elephant in the room' that is future funding of health, but remained unclear over how his party would propose financing the NHS.
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