UK councils tell ITV News how many fines have been issued to parents for holidaying with their children during term time this school year.
Unemployment in the North West fell by 6,000 in the three months to December, official figures have revealed.
As new figures reveal The North West has the highest suicide rate in the UK, here are 10 ways to look after your mental health.
"Obviously, we very much understand the cost pressures that hard-working families can face. I think the right thing is for schools - and this is what the Government is doing - to have the freedom to set their own term dates in conjunction with parents at their schools.
Academies already have that freedom and all schools are being given the freedom to set their own term dates, so I think that is the right approach.
I think it is important to understand both the pressures that hard-working families face and also the importance of children being in school, and that's why I would very much put the focus on flexibility around term dates as the right way to go about this."
– Anne Longfield, chief executive of national charity 4Children
"The hugely inflated prices families face when planning a holiday during the school holidays cannot be justified.
"Pressures on families have been mounting over recent years with strains on job security, household finances and relationships all taking their toll.
"That's why it's important that families are able to take a break from their daily anxieties and spend quality time together.
"Inflated prices during the school holidays make this impossible for many or can lead to families falling into debt as a result.
Michelle Reeves says - "Yes and would again as its cheaper to pay the school fine than pay extortionate prices in the holidays."
Andy Hassall: "Gets me when the kids have a week off, then when they should be back today it's a teacher training day! Where and who do I send the fine to?"
Jackie Carson: "Well I tried to book a holiday for august and its nearly 4,000 and in may or june its 16,00 so yes i will take them out during school holiday fine me all you want their my kids and i do what i want end off !!!!!"
Jean Cassidy: "I have taken mine out and take my grandchildren out now. Parents need a holiday and in school holidays the prices are ridiculous. Most people live hand to mouth week in week out, so to give their kids and themselves a break need to go when it is cheaper."
*Paul Ward from Sale has been jailed for four years for the sexual abuse of two girls in the 1990s in Trafford. *He has also been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life. Ward pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault at an earlier hearing.
One of his victims said in her statement: after he had performed his sickening acts on me it would leave me feeling sore, confused and all I used to think is: Why? Why was he hurting me? What have I ever done to him?
My life ever since he abused me has been nothing but pain. But the biggest thing this man has taken from me is my ability to parent my children, due to my mental health I now suffer from because of the abuse.
Detective Constable Nicola Graham from Trafford division, said: Ward’s abuse of these young girls is difficult for most people to comprehend. He subjected his victims to sustained sexual assaults over two years.
Both girls have been incredibly brave by helping us put Ward before the courts and have justice done for them. He is now where he belongs and thankfully will not be able to harm anyone else.
Charlie Dearden says he did try to follow the school rules on holiday but they changed after he'd booked a family holiday earlier in the year. He was fined and says the fine was small compared with how much they saved by taking a break in term time.
The latest statistics show there are more than seven hundred deaths a year from suicide.
And men are in the majority by more than three to one.
So what's being done to help.?
Rugby League star, Danny Sculthorpe, works with the charity "State of Mind".
He's involved with a team of professionals raising awareness of mental health issues within sport.
He talked to Granada Reports about his own struggle with depression.
Although there were fewer alcohol related death in the UK in 2012 than in the year before, the North West still has the highest rate in the UK with 20.7 deaths per 100,000 people.
In addition, the North West had the highest male death rate in ten of the last eleven years.
The lowest alcohol related death rate was to be found in the East of England where rates where less than half that of the North West, at 10.2 deaths per 100,000 people.